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Confindentiality MHA 690 GLENDA S. DAVIS WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENT
Hospital Policy Hospitals policies have had to change to keep up with the changing laws. No longer can you give out addresses, birthdates, and photographs. Any information that can identify a particular patient in any form is prohibited under federal and state laws. Hospitals policies need to be written in very plain simple English and all hospital staff have to read and sign that they have read and understood the presented information.
Hospital Policy Hospitals policies have had to change to keep up with the changing laws. No longer can you give out addresses, birth dates, and photographs. Any information that can identify a particular patient in any form is prohibited under federal and state laws. Hospitals policies need to be written in very plain simple English and all hospital staff have to read and sign that they have read and understood the presented information.
Hospital Policy Medical staff in any facility even in a private doctor’s office cannot mail out birthday cards to pediatric patients, or reminders for appointments. Hospital Policy on Computers If your computer has been hacked into it means you have failed to upgrade you firewalls, IT department is required to keep records on this information as to do the upgrades when needed. This means the facility failed to safeguard patient’s privacy data. It is even against regulations for a person standing at the desk if they should happen to see the computer screen with patient data that is a failed safeguard. Patients in the doctors office have to stand behind a line so as not to hear or see the patient data being discussed at the desk. If a staff member has not anticipated and protected against potential risks to this information it is interpreted as a violation of law.
Disciplinary ActionStaff can be reprimanded for breaching confidentialityseverely.Loss of job.Patient may suffer embarrassment and/or emotionaldistress.Irreversible damage to the nurse or caretaker.The patient may file charges against the facility, nurseand other staff involved. The patient may be able tosue and win compensation.
Electronic Records and Faxes Make sure you are faxing to the correct fax number, or best not to fax patients medical information. There is a chance that hackers can get medical information from your computer emails and networks. Stolen PDA’s can put confidentiality information out to public sources.
Federal and State Government Actions The passing of the HIPAA Law. Patient Bill of Rights JCAHO accredits health care facilities that meet standards for confidentiality. When a breach of confidentiality has been noted if a state law is more protective of the patient, then it takes precedence over HIPAA regulations. Every state has their own privacy acts.
Training for staff All staff will attend meetings that will go over the do’s and don’ts of protecting patient confidentiality. Stations will be set up that you will view and write what the wrongs are in the situation, example, a person will be working at the computer and get up and go away. The wrong is that they did not log off. There will be many stations to visit in a one day mandatory class, that you will be paid for. There will be tests given on the units from time to time to make sure each staffer is up to date on the information they need to know to keep our facility and all our personnel and patients secure , safe, and their data confidential. Staff will have the HIPAA rules posted on their boards in the lounge. State regulations will be tested on. Staff meetings will be conducted to discuss our progress and if the employees think that what has been implemented is sufficient, and make suggestions as to what else could be done to make our facility the most secure, safe, and confidential facility in the state. As new laws and regulations are forthcoming we will convey these to all personnel that will need to become familiar with new implementations. Never share your password with anyone.
Training for Staff Do not discuss patient medical information in public places. Do not ever release medical information to the news media or police without first alerting your supervisor. Refer them to the appropriate manager. Do not throw papers in trash that contain patient medical information. Shred them. When using a computer never leave without first logging off. Do not keep or make copies of patient information. Shred all end of shift reports.
References Khushf, George. (2011). The Case for Managed Care: Reappraising Medical and Socio-Political Ideals. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Vol.24. Issue 5, p 415-433 http://jmp.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/5/415.ab stract HIPAA Confidentiality and Privacy Training. Department of Organization Development Human Resource Management. http://www6.miami.edu/nursing/Clinical_Informat