Essay about The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act

1192 Words Oct 26th, 2016 5 Pages
When a patient is admitted to a hospital, one expects to be cured and protected. However, this unspoken vow has been broken. Throughout the United States, hospital professionals have unintentionally exposed patients’ information. Today, there are currently no laws prohibiting how one obtains cloning information in hospitals. Human hair and skin left in an environment are free to be collected and used without permission. Furthermore, physicians can sell unidentifiable patient information to others for “scientific purposes.” With this, it is essential to amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to require patient consent in any form of testing for scientific purposes because of the United States’ history of security breaches, its mass impact on health professionals and patients, and HIPAA’s unaddressed, vague components.
In the United States, there are currently security problems that must be addressed. Recently, there have been a myriad of security breaches exposing patients. Since its implementation, HIPAA has frequently captivated media. HIPAA was brought to the public’s attention in 2005, when employees at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital were caught disclosing information on Britney Spears (Mock). Soon, the media discovered this breach and news sources exploded with this violation. Spears’ information became widespread and her information was no longer private. With the media exploiting her medical records, she was…

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