Tasia H.MHA 690 Health Care Capstone June 7, 2011
As a manager in a health care organization, I would put together an educational training program that would help to avoid situations like the one that occurred at the UCLA Medical Center.
Purpose: ◦ The purpose of the training would be to help educate the staff members on the importance of confidentiality
What is confidentiality? ◦ Ethical principle ◦ Usually a set of rules or regulations that limits access to certain types of information ◦ Similar to privacy.
Patient confidentiality is very important in the health care industry Health care professionals are required to adhere to certain laws and regulations regarding patient confidentiality
Patient records contain personal and private information Social Security Number Patient diagnosis Test results Patient’s treatment
H.I.P.A.A. ◦ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ◦ Enacted 1996 ◦ Rules and regulations regarding Protected Health Information
What is breach of confidentiality? ◦ A health care professional can breach patient confidentiality by disclosing information about the patient with the patient’s consent. ◦ Can result in legal actions being taken.
Ways to adhere to patient confidentiality laws: ◦ Do no access patient information if you are not authorized to do so ◦ Refrain from discussing patient information in public areas (cafeteria, elevator, bathrooms, etc.) ◦ Log out of computers when you walk away from your work station
All health care professionals share the responsibility of all working together to help protect patient information Remembering the information that was presented in this training will help to ensure patient confidentiality