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  • 1. Healthcare Confidentiality  All patients expect to have his or her privacy respected by the clinicians and all other healthcare providers and they should not be disappointed.  If a record must be released, the patient should sign an appropriate release authorizing the disclosure of information to be released and only authorized should be allowed to complete this process, due to confidentiality rules.  Confidentiality is a set of rules or a promise that limits access or places restrictions on who have access to certain types of information.  In the healthcare field, Confidentiality is commonly applied to conversations, documentation and records between clinicians /doctors and patients. What is hipaa?  HIPAA stands for "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act." The HIPAA law is a combination of regulations aimed at reducing waste, fraud and abuse in the health
  • 2. care industry. It is intended to oversee behaviors in the industry, as a whole.  Confidentiality is mandated by these federal HIPAA laws, specifically the Privacy Rule, and various state laws, some being more rigorous than HIPAA.  The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information.  The HIPAA law also addresses the exchange of health information between health care providers, pharmacies, health insurance companies, employers, and patients. With the advent of technology and ease of information transfer, it's really easy to breach a patient's privacy---whether intentionally or otherwise.  The HIPAA Security Rule sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information Who is responsible?  Legal protections such as confidentiality and hipaa laws prevent healthcare personel from revealing certain medical information about a patient, even under oath in a court case.  Not only do clinicians and doctors have the responsibility to keep medical records and information secure and confidential, but All other health care employees are also bound by the rules of strict privacy.
  • 3.  A breach of confidentiality is a disclosure to a third party, without patient consent or court order, of private information that the physician has learned within the patient- physician relationship.  Peeping at someone’s medical records without authorization is also considered breaching confidentiality.  the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires covered entities and business associates to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety. Short Quiz  What information is covered under the privacy rule as Protected Health Information? The Privacy Rule protects all individually identifiable health information held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral.  Who is bound by confidentiality and HIPAA laws? All healthcare professional and employees working with that patient, in any capacity.
  • 4.  Is peeping at a patient’s medical records out of curiosity, a Breach of confidentiality? Yes, this is a crime and consequences can include loss of employment, legal actions against the guilty entities and financial compensation for the person who was wronged.  Is a minor patient breach of confidentiality by an employee important? Any breach in confidentiality, even one that seems minor, can result in mistrust and, possibly, a lawsuit and/or disciplinary action.