Confidentiality

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Confidentiality

  1. 1. What is Confidentiality? Health care provider obligation
  2. 2. Confidentiality <ul><li>A legal and ethical concept that establishes the healthcare provider’s responsibility for protecting health records and other personal and private information from unauthorized use or disclosure. </li></ul><ul><li>(LaTour,& Eichenwald-Maki, 2006) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Obligation <ul><li>The healthcare organization has to ensure that every employee has a clear understanding of what is confidentiality. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Formal Training <ul><li>Training should entails how to protect patient health information from unauthorized users </li></ul><ul><li>When the employee is to view a patient’s health records </li></ul><ul><li>How to release health information of a patient </li></ul>
  5. 5. New Hire <ul><li>Formal training should be include in the orientation for new employees </li></ul><ul><li>The training should consist of role play that depicts the appropriate way a healthcare provider’s should handle patient’s personal information and the inappropriate way to handle patient’s personal information. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Training Evaluation <ul><li>A comprehensive test needs to be given at the end of all confidentiality training </li></ul><ul><li>A passing score of an 80 have to be attained in order to continue to work at the facility or to start working at the facility. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Monitoring <ul><li>Monitoring will be conducted by the supervisor of that department to ensure that the employees are following the guidelines of retrieving and releasing patient’s personal information. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Consequences <ul><li>First offense 1 week off from work without pay. </li></ul><ul><li>Second offense remove from authorize use of patient personal information </li></ul><ul><li>Third offense terminated from job </li></ul>
  9. 9. Final Thought <ul><li>This training will increase the knowledge of the employees; hence, will reduce the incidents of breaching of confidentiality. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reference <ul><li>LaTour,M. K., & Eichenwald-Maki, S.(2006). Health information management: Concepts, principles, and practice . Illinois:AHIMA </li></ul>

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