HIPAA Violation In Hospitals: A Case Study

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According to the US department of health services the most common HIPAA violation in hospitals is the impermissible uses and disclosures of protected health information. A prevalent scenario is when a health care worker accesses files of patients who are not under the worker’s care. Anyone that is not directly related to the patients’ health care or insurance is not allowed to access the patients’ health records. This can be prevented by having all employees participate in HIPPA training after a direct violation of the policy along with mandatory training before their employment. Another preventive measure is informing workers, upon employment, that electronic medical records indirectly allow for monitoring the use and misuse of patient files.

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