Maintaining Patient Privacy And Confidentiality Essay

1601 Words Dec 19th, 2016 7 Pages
“Maintaining patient’s privacy and confidentiality has always been an ethical obligation of nurses. Navigating the nuances of what information about patients can be shared and with whom while keeping patients families and friends informed of the clinical condition of their loved one has always been tricky.” (Mccullough, J., & Schell-Chaple, H, 2013). “Confidentiality is central to the preservation of trust between doctors and their patients. The moral basis is consequentialist, in that it is to improve patient welfare. There is a wider communitarian public interest in the protection of confidences; thus, preservation of confidentiality is necessary to secure public health.” (Blightman, K., Griffiths, S., & Danbury, C. (2013). As a privacy officer in a health care institute, it is essential to work in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team to educate and enforce the law of maintaining patient privacy.
“In an attempt to prevent such situations, the government has laws in place protecting patients and guiding providers on how to safeguard medical data. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act include a series of mandates to uphold the privacy and security of both paper-based and electronic patient records” (Loria, G, 2015). As a privacy officer in a healthcare institution, I will develop a system where patient information will be protected by automatically…

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