Security and privacy risks with patient portal accounts in US hospitals

UM Today

A research team working with Dr. Celine Latulipe in the UM Faculty of Science has found that many American hospitals may be inviting privacy violations by allowing password sharing between patients and their care providers. Latulipe, formerly at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is now in the UM department of computer science. In a paper published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Internal Medicine, Latulipe and her colleagues found that the lack of caregiver proxy accounts or lack of use of proxy accounts on patient portals could lead to serious privacy and security issues.

Patient portals are very common in the USA, in as many as...

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