“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. Disclosure can be oral or written, by telephone or fax, or electronically, for example, via e-mail or health information networks” (“Patient confidentiality”, 2012)
Patient consent is needed before their medical information can be released. It is important that the patient’s consent be clearly documented, because this reduces the risk of violation.
Individually identifiable health information is especially protected This includes the following: “the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, the provision of health care to the individual, or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the Individual” (“Summary of the”, 2012)
Enforcement of security policies will be stricter, and patient files accessed will be monitored and observed. Enhanced security controls Employee monitoring Implementation of Security Experts
The patient has the right to not have their privacy invaded It is the patient’s choice to decide what information will be released A patient may need to make a decision about releasing information based on treatment Violations can lead to mistrust, lawsuits, and disciplinary action.
Patient confidentiality. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.ama- assn.org/ama/pub/physician- resources/legal-topics/patient-physician- relationship-topics/patient- confidentiality.page Summary of the hipaa privacy rule. (2003, May). Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/un derstanding/summary/privacysummary.pdf