Electronic Health Record System from the Perspective of Data Privacy by Dr. SB Bhattacharyya @sbbhattacharyya

Electronic health record systems handle health-related ultra-sensitive data of a person throughout his life, along with all personal information that accurately identifies him. This makes it imperative to protect the data from cyber-threats and consequent untold damages. This article discusses the various issues involved and the different mitigation methods.

During the course of any clinical encounter a person discloses ultra-sensitive health related information to his provider to enable the latter to address his health-related problems better, faster, and hopefully, cheaper. Information that he would otherwise rather keep well under wraps. Ethics demands all providers treat all information that their patients disclose to them with the greatest of care and keep them secreted away from everyone, even the spouse, unless explicitly released from this obligation by the patient. The confidentiality of the private information needs to be maintained at the highest possible levels of security by medical professionals at all times—unless there are extenuating circumstances to disclose them, like for the public good, compliance to the law, etc.

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ICD to SNOMED CT Mapping: Observations and Inferences by Dr. SB Bhattacharyya, @sbbhattacharya


The Concepts presented in this article are as proposed by Dr. SB Bhattacharyya and presented in the HCITExpert Blog with permission from Dr. SBB - [email protected]

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SNOMED CT CSETS - Its Place and Use by @sbbhattacharyya


The Concepts related to CSets are as proposed by Dr. SB Bhattacharyya and presented in the HCITExpert Blog with permission from Dr. SBB - [email protected]

What is a Constrained Set?

  • The word constrain means “to control or limit something” (Cambridge Online  Dictionary)

  • SNOMED CT makes extensive use of refsets (reference sets), for a wide-range  of purposes, each of which have specific purposes

  • Refsets need to conform to certain specific rules and guidelines regarding their
preparation, distribution and maintenance
  • Takes a long time to design one and the designing entity needs to have a
 namespace assigned to it
  • This makes the rapid and effective use of SNOMED CT in individual systems  cumbersome at best and impractical at worst


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