Maintaining the Confidentiality of Computerized Mental Health Outcome Data
Journal Of Mental Health Administration. 1995 Summer; 22(3): 237-244.
The emergence of managed behavioral health care has increased the value of data describing outcomes of mental health treatment. At the same time, increased development of the national information infrastructure and other computer linkage systems has facilitated the flow of information among a wide network of data systems. These two developments create a dynamic tension between the need to share information and the need to protect the privacy of mental health clients and the confidentiality of their computerized records. This problem is exacerbated by the cost associated with potential solutions. Unfortunately, policy development in this area has lagged behind rapid developments in technology. The mental health administrator must balance the three components of this conflict (the increasing need for information transfer, the protection of confidentiality, and cost) without a great deal of guidance. This article offers recommendations that may help the mental health administrator manage this conflict.
Administrators; Communication; Computer Communication Networks; Computers; Confidentiality; Computer Security; Data Banks; Evaluation; Federal Government; Government; Health; Health Care; Information Dissemination; Medical Records; Mental Health; Managed Care; Privacy; Psychotherapy; Quality of Health Care; Records; Technology; Treatment Outcome; Trends;
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.