Dr. Gary J. Hanney
HIPAA security and privacy is an important aspect of healthcare delivery. Government influences greatly how legal issues are addressed in healthcare, including non-governmental entities. This essay will explain how the HIPAA privacy rule should be applied appropriately with protected health information.
HIPAA mandates certain privacy and security protections to encourage the realization of administrative efficiencies through healthcare information technologies (Withrow, 2010). The HIPAA Privacy has been controversial but Health and Human Services (HHS) has continued to clarify the complicated privacy rule through the …show more content…
Patients have the right to access record both paper and electronically. Patients can request the data in a specific format, and the covered entity must comply if it readily producible. Section 45 CFR 164.524 explains that while a covered entity is not required to purchase new software or equipment to accommodate the individual’ request, the covered entity must have the capability to form some type of electronic copy for the PHI to be maintained electronically (HHS, 2017).
We fax prenatal records to the hospital delivery room close to the patient’s due date. Can we still do that?
What information may be released is the subject of federal law. The Minimum Necessary standard governs the release of patient-specific health information governs the release of patient-specific information (McWay, 2014). This principle requires the health care provider to make reasonable efforts to limit patient-specific health information disclosed to the least amount necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the use, disclosure, or request (McWay, 2014).
Treatment providers may use and disclose personal health information as necessary related to the patient’s treatment. Doctors, nurses and other professionals involved in the individual’s care will use information in the medical record and information that is provided about the course of treatment. This may include, but not limited to procedures, medication tests, and …show more content…
To continue this effort, it is advised the providers promote comprehensive programs and forums to help employees gain knowledge in the compliance arena. Such programs like HIPAA compliance, risk mitigation, HIPAA compliance in Laboratory and Retail pharmacy will help healthcare sectors minimize the risk of patient information being compromised and keep sensitive information safe and