NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – More and more patients are taking advantage of video conferencing with their doctors in the comfort of their own homes, instead of making a trip to the office.
But are there security risks to online doctors visits?READ MORE: Better Business Bureau, AARP Warn Seniors About COVID Vaccine Scams
Telemedicine is an increasingly convenient way to get medical care, but it’s important to make sure the personal data you share remains private.
Whether it’s the results of a blood test, your most recent blood pressure readings, or a prescription medication you take, more and more medical conversations are happening online.
Currently, about 65 percent of hospitals use telemedicine to consult with patients and other doctors, according to the American Hospital Association. And that number is only growing.
But security experts warn the connection for these sessions often are not as secure as they should be, providing access points for hackers. Sometimes the data from these sessions is stored in an insecure manner.
Before you choose a telemedicine provider, make sure they are prioritizing security.READ MORE: Long Island Jewish Medical Center Marks 1-Year Anniversary Of 1st COVID-19 Patient With Ceremony Honoring Health Care Workers, Patients
You should ask:
Does your technology comply with the health care privacy law, known as HIPA? The answer should be yes.
Do you keep and store video sessions? The answer should be no, so there is little risk of the session turning up later online.
There are also steps you can take.
Make sure to use an encrypted video channel provided by the company. Never use Facetime or Skype.
As always, make sure you establish a strong password. That’s one of the best ways to make sure no one else can access your account.MORE NEWS: Unifying America: Newark Community Street Team Transforming South Ward Home Into Safe House For Trauma Victims
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