Essay on Emerging Healthcare Technology Presentation

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Emerging Healthcare Technology Presentation

HIPAA: Protecting the Privacy of Patients How important is it for you to keep your medical records private? Many people don't realize

how easily accessible their medical records are, or perhaps it is just assumed that what goes on

between a doctor and a patient stays between a doctor and a patient. Well, you know what they say

about assuming. In actuality, your medical records can probably be accessed by any employee at your

doctor's office. I work in the healthcare industry and have access to countless files. With a first and last

name I can easily look up the results of your last labs, every emergency room visit or doctor's

consultation you've ever had,
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It provides laws to protect workers who leave their jobs from losing their ability to be

covered by health insurance (portability), and to protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability

of electronic health information (accountability). HIPAA's requirements are meant to encourage

healthcare organizations to move patient information handling activities from manual to electronic

systems in order to improve security, lower costs, and lower the error rate. Among other provisions,

the Privacy Rule: gives patients more control over their health information;

• sets boundaries on the use and release of health records;

• establishes appropriate safeguards that the majority of health-care providers and others must achieve

to protect the privacy of health information;

• holds violators accountable with civil and criminal penalties that can be imposed if they violate

patients' privacy rights;

• strikes a balance when public health responsibilities support disclosure of certain forms of data;

• enables patients to make informed choices based on how individual health information may be used;

• enables patients to find out how their information may be used and what disclosures of their

information have been made;

• generally limits release of information to the minimum reasonably needed for the purpose of the


• and generally gives patients the right to obtain a

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