Alice Felton MHA 690Health Care Capstone Dr. Sherry Grover January 31, 2013
Patient Confidentiality & Privacy Because of all the new advances in technology which includes: EMR’s or Electronic Medical Records, Tele-health and the Internet, this has all helped to open the doors to unintentional or potential breaches in our patients confidential/private information about their health. In order for health care providers to build a trusting relationship with their patients they are serving then protection of their confidentiality and privacy becomes essential to achieving this goal. .
Patient Confidentiality & Privacy, contdIn order to achieve patient care quality it will usually require direct communication of pertinent information between health systems and/or health care professionals.Health care professionals and nursing staff who will be working regularly with their patients along with their medical records that should be kept Confidential should be able to comply with the development of any standards, laws and policies that are in place to protect their patient’s privacy (HIPAA) and the Confidentiality of their information/health records.
Confidentiality is a right given to a person to have personal medicalinformation that is identifiable to be kept private. Patientconfidentiality is defined as medical and personal information whengiven to a healthcare provider will not be disclosed without theirpermission to others unless they have given permission for a release.
A breach in patient confidentiality occurs when disclosure isgiven to a third party without consent of the patient or with acourt order, of information that is private that a healthcareprovider has learned through provider-patient relationship.This disclosure can be either oral, written, faxed, telephoned orelectronically (ex. Email).
What is HIPAA’s role in Patient Confidentiality HIPAA’s role in patient confidentiality because it is a passage offederal regulations because it was needed to ensure protection and privacy of data and personal information in an environment ofelectronic medical records (emr’s) and third party insurance payers HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996requires all organizations and professionals to guard the privacy of their customers and patients
Policies & Procedures of Confidentiality (privacy) locations Employment handbooks Places that have payment processing Physician’s offices Schools Lawyer offices
•Always respect your patient’s right to privacy•Disclosure and using of your patient’s health informationshould be limited.•Patient should have the right to access their own health information•Patient should receive written, information that is easy tounderstand when notified of how their health records