In today’s world health care organizations are using electronic medical records and other computerized applications to handle medical operations and procedures. The most important objective of the security rule is to safeguard the privacy of a person’s health information. At the same time that information needs to be used by health care professionals to provide quality care for patients. Covered entities need to be able to use this information to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care (Summary of the HIPAA security rule, n.d.). The Security rule guard all identifiable medical information a covered entity receives, creates, transmits or maintains in electronic form (Summary of the HIPAA security rule, n.d.).
I work in a healthcare environment where Information Security begins at a process level and is maintained and ensured to various degrees. In Healthcare there are what is known as HIPPA regulations that exist to ensure the privacy of patient data in healthcare and insurance facilities. There are several aspects to take into consideration when analyzing a potential data security problem. The first aspect to consider is network security. If hackers can penetrate the network, patient data is definitely at risk.
Ethical Self-Assessment HCS/545-Health Law and Ethics September 15, 2014 Kenneth Pincus Ethical Self-Assessment The history of healthcare is one of constant discovery, progress, and invention. Health law and ethics describes the behavior of the professionals operating within the health care industry. Those involved in this decision-making process must consider ethical principles including justice, autonomy, beneficence and nonmaleficence as well as professional and organizational ethical standards and codes. Many factors have contributed to the growing concern in healthcare organizations over ethical issues, including issues of access and affordability, pressure to reduce costs, mergers and acquisitions, financial and other resource constraints, and advances in medical technology that complicate decision making near the end of life. Healthcare executives have a responsibility to address the growing number of complex ethical dilemmas they are facing, but they cannot and should not make such decisions alone or without a sound decision-making framework.
There are so many things that the Medical Law and Ethics course has covered that pertains to the healthcare field. This includes situations that have to do with patients, healthcare workers, laws & procedures, and patient confidentiality, which I will now tell about briefly. The Medical Law and Ethics course has covered many situations pertaining to the relationships between healthcare workers and patients. Healthcare workers must make sure that a patient understands any procedures that they may be given, and they must have the patient’s consent to give the procedure. If the consent is not given by a patient the practice, physician, or the healthcare worker can be held liable in a lawsuit.
1.1 Identify the legislation that relates to the recording,storage & sharing of information in health & social care The Data Protection Act 1998 This outlines the law of how to record, store & share information on individuals that we care for. Anyone holding personal data is legally obliged to comply with this act. 1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording & storing information in a health & social care setting It is important to have secure systems for recording & storing information on individuals because it will hold confidential information, e.g. individuals name, address,date of birth, medical condition. etc.
As health care professions, it is our duty to provide quality health care and make sure the law is being obeyed. Areas of law affecting the health care provider and receiver are tort law, criminal law, contract law, and trial procedures (Pozgar, 2010). Medical negligence has been seen as a major
The privacy rule is a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information. Privacy rules are standards that deal with the use and disclosure of a person’s health information as well as standards for individual’s privacy rights to be able to understand and control their health information. The HIPPA privacy rules directly affect covered entities, health care clearinghouses, healthcare providers who transmit health information in electronic form. The goal of this rule is to introduce, and implement administrative simplifications in order to increase effectiveness of healthcare in the United States, protect health information of individual against access without consent or authorization, while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality healthcare as well as protect the public health and well being. Legislation Analysis Privacy Rules: The privacy requirements limit the release of patient information without the patient’s knowledge and consent beyond that required.
UNIT 4222-209 HANDILING INFORMATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SETTINGS. OUTCOME 1 Understand the need for secure handiling of information in health and social care settings. 1.1 Identify the legislation that relates to the recording, storage and sharing of information in health and social care. The legislation relating to this are, CQC standards reg 20 personal records remain confidential. Data Protection Act 1998 1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care settings.
Running head: ETHICAL DILEMMA PAPER Ethical Dilemma Paper: The Need to Know HUMN232 / DeVry University April 16, 2011 The Health Information Management (HIM) professional’s job description is more a statement of ethical responsibilities than it is a traditional description of the duties and tasks an employer expects to be carried out. “The HIM’s core ethical obligation is to protect patient privacy and confidential communication. This obligation is at the center of his or her decision making, regardless of employment site or employment responsibilities.” (Johns & etal, 2007) For this reason, a HIM professional must be a person of high moral character and virtue due to the sensitivity of the information they are responsible for daily. In some order they might be classified as an ethicist. Their professional responsibilities exceed any personal values they may have while on the job.
The goals focus on the Institute of Medicine’s description of needed objectives. It outlines their plan to achieve quality within that facility. It further discusses steps needed to be taken in order to realize the objectives with good information describing why each step is crucial in the process. This article provides a great outline for why quality control is needed within any healthcare setting and a source of possible solutions in order to realize the goal. The authors have strong backgrounds in the medical field as directors in managing care as well as planning strategies (Anderson, Amarasingham, & Pickens, 2007).