Metadata can inadvertently be released whilst releasing other data from health records.However there are methods whereby this can be prevented. When the metadata has been released a healthcare organisation could be liable for any damages.
As Dominic Sartorio, chief technology officer with Protegrity, a data security company based in Stamford, CT states: “There is a general concern whenever data must be shared: How can one be sure the third party has security controls as good as you do? Do lawyers, courts, and other counterparties have good data protection in place?” Sartorio says. “If metadata leak, harm could come to a person with pre-existing conditions, such as not being able to find employment, being unable to get insured, or the details can be used for identity theft. Secondarily, custodians of PHI are vulnerable to the financial and reputational consequences of not taking their data responsibilities seriously enough.”
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