By: Ashley Gavin MHA 690Dr. David Shawn Cole 4/5/12
Workplace confidentiality can be defined as keeping the employee, customer and client information private Confidentiality is a fundamental part of professional practice that protects human rights
The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information The Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes The Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for covered entities to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information
More than 120 workers at a UCLA hospital viewed celebrities medical records and other personal information without permission Supervisors’ passwords were compromised by employees in order to obtain the information This was a breach of confidentiality between patient-employee privileges and rights
Patient information should not be discussed among employees on the clock nor off of the clock Staff should always log off, turn off, or lock their computers Sensitive information should have security controls that are only accessible to management Passwords should regularly be changed to ensure security
The human resource professionals should take necessary steps to prevent the misuse of information that is personal Once the policies are devised, the next thing to do is to communicate the same to all the employees, supervisors and managers
Training them about the confidentiality issues by giving them printouts of the policy or holding meetings and seminars in the office which teach the importance of confidentiality to the employees, should be done on a regular basis Employees are informed of what is considered as a breach of confidentiality and what the consequences of their actions will lead to in forms of disciplinary measures
What is HIPAA. Implementation of HIPAA and the privacy rule of the IRB. Retrieved April 5, 2012, from http://www.research.uci.edu 120 UCLA Hospital Staff Saw Celebrity Health Records. Retrieved April 5, 2012, from http://www.foxnews.com
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