Administrative Ethic Paper

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Administrative Ethics Paper Vicky Davis HCS/335 University of Phoenix February 7, 2011 Administrative Ethics Paper Several issues face the administration of health care systems in today’s clinical arena. Healthcare workers try to provide, and should always provide quality care to their patients. Health care providers and workers need to be very aware of the very basic principles in health care and that starts with confidentiality. Providing patient privacy and confidentiality are essential to promoting a bond between patients and his or her practitioner’s as well as preserving the patient’s dignity (Edge & Grove, 2007). On occasion, patient confidentiality and privacy are broken and the patient’s information accessed without consent. The ethical dilemma of confidential information regarding patients that are accessed by unnecessary employees of a local health care system and used for personal reasons as well as those that are affected by this breach in confidentiality will be explored in this paper. A proposed solution to this issue and how the administration of this health care system handled a previous similar situation will also be identified. Breaching patient confidentiality is an ethical dilemma that invades a patient’s right to privacy, and is what happened at a health care facility in March 2008. The Governor was a patient at this certain facility and many people violated his or her right to privacy by gathering personal information for his or her own use. This health care facility does routine audits of the computer system and it this certain case found multiple violations of the Governors confidentiality. The state law requires notification of the Department of Community Health and making them aware of the discipline regarding these employees, which took place at this facility (Smith,

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