​​​Medical Privacy

The practice of keeping information about a patient confidential. This involves both conversational discretion on the part of health care providers, and the security of medical records. The terms can also refer to the physical privacy of patients from other patients and providers while in a medical facility.

See also: Privacy​

Medical Record or Health Record

A paper or electronic record created in the health care system which contains medical and health-related information about an individual and is used to record and support health care for that individual.


Standardised structured information explaining data items like, but not limited to: purpose, origin, time references, geographic location, creator, access conditions and terms of use of a data collection. Data about data.