Every patient is entitled to their privacy when it come to medical services. The use of the HIPPA laws is used to ensure that privacy. All hospitals and doctor offices hand these HIPPA privacy sheets to their patients letting them know that they are protected and that their information will not be given out. We have all heard about the doctor/patient confidentiality privileges. It safe guards patients and doctors from giving out information that might be incriminating if a patient should ever get into trouble with the law.
The statutes of HIPAA include rules protecting the privacy and the security of health data. These rules are enforced by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office. (University of Information Technology Services, 2013) Title II of the HIPAA statutes states, “provides rules for controlling health care fraud and abuse, and includes an “Administrative Simplification” section that sets standards for enabling the electronic exchange of health information. (University of Information Technology Services, 2013) The Privacy Rule establishes a national standart to protect a persons individual medical record and other personal health information that applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers conduct health care transactions electronically.
According to Wolper (2011, p. 270) states, “Advancements in technology provide both increased opportunity and added responsibility for employers to monitor the activities of their employees.” FairWarning Inc. is the leading supplier in Patient Privacy Monitoring. In March of 2013 they released a new version of the software to help enhance privacy monitoring, regulatory reporting for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule risk assessment and notification requirements. (Business Wire, 2013)
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 was introduced to help “primarily on the new individual criminal liability component of the HITECH Act for breaches of patient privacy.” This should have been in place with the viewing of the celebrity patient files that were looked at in the article.
With all the technology that is out there and the information that is stored, patients should know their rights and know that they are protected in the event that personal information is obtained illegally or without permission. The only people that should be allowed to view patient information is doctors, billing, and those that are listed by the patient.
MHA 690: Health Care Capstone
Sept. 26, 2013
Right to Privacy
Patient has right to privacy
Use of HIPPA Laws
Doctor/Patient confidentiality applies
HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and
Title II applies to patients
Privacy rules protects individual
identifiable health information.
Monitoring and Surveillance
Monitoring of electronic communication
Health Information Technology for
Economic and Clinical Health Act
Review of privacy and electronic security
(e-security) polices and procedures
Strengthen safeguards for protecting health
information, update business associate
Develop risk assessment process, develop
breach notification process for individuals
Be aware of employee communication
Monitor electronic patient records
Know the Laws
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systems (5th ed.). Boston: Jones and Bartlett.
Business Wire. (2013). FairWarning(R)
Announces FairWarning(R) Patient Privacy
Monitoring Version 3.1.5. Retrieved from
Strauss, L.J (2012) Patient Privacy-
Then and Now. Journal of Health Care
Compliance, 14(3), 19-22, 61. Retrieved