Unfortunately HIPAA violations happen every year in our country. In fact, a situation happened in a New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center on May 7th 2010. The HIPAA violation happened after the electronic health records of 6,800 patients ended up on Google for the world to see. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who are responsible for HIPAA enforcement laws deeply investigated this case. It was discovered that a Columbia University physician who developed applications for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University, attempted to deactivate a personally owned computer server on the network containing electronic protected health information (ePHI).
There will be patients that dislike the EHR and prefer the old fashion paper system as they believe that to be a safest way to store information. Ethical and social implications of Electronic Health records are not limited to, hacking, provider ’s neglect of loosing laptops with patient confidential information, leaving other patient records up while a different patient is in the room. Insufficient training for staff as many staff may not be properly trained in implementing HIPPA which compromises patient’s privacy. Over worked staff may input wrong information in the EHR such as inaccurate spelling and recording of patients’ name and current medication history.
However, he explains that it’s tough to change a medicine culture since the senior physicians always rank themselves higher and other lower positions rank below. Kalb explains doctors tend to refuse to follow the directions for safety and continue finishing tasks in the way they’re used to. Central-line infection is one of the major causes for fatal death, noted Kalb. Even though changes were made, that safety procedure such as washing hands is necessary, but people aren’t dedicated their time to adapt to these changes. He states that Dr. Gary Kaplan gave his staff members to report concern throughout the system even if it’s a smallest mistake.
I work in the health care field ethically and morally we are to do the right thing by are patients for them to progress and meet all therapy goals. Our company is a beacon in the community and a lot of our patient have been coming in for physical therapy for ten plus years. They find comfort in talking to us about personal situations they maybe experiencing in there lives. One of our student athletes comes in the evenings by himself to continue is ACL strengthening from his prior surgery, he came in two separate occasions with a black eye, he joked it off and told us happened at baseball practice. However, he and his mom were being abused by his step father, he finally talked to me and it broke my heart to know that this innocent kid was dealing with such a traumatizing situation. HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
I have provided what should be avoided in order to maintain the position. Introduction: There are several benefits from this job; however, there is one specific problem that shows itself consistently throughout this position. This problem is the protection of patient privacy or also known as HIPAA. HIPAA stands for, "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act".
Healthcare providers and organizations are obligated and bound to protect patient confidentiality by laws and regulations. Patient information may only be disclosed to those directly involved in the patient’s care or those the patient identifies as able to receive the information. The HIPAA Act of 1996 is the federal law mandating healthcare organizations and clinicians to safeguard patient’s medical information. This law corresponds with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act to include security standards for protecting electronic health information. The healthcare organization is legally responsible for establishing procedures to prevent data
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets security standards for safeguarding important patient health information that is being stored and maintained in analog and digital forms. As new technologies continue to facilitate the healthcare industry’s transition to paperless processes, health care providers, insurance companies, and other institutions are also growing increasingly dependent on electronic information systems to manage their HIPAA compliance programs. As a result, the safety and security of sensitive health data has become a major concern across the board. Security Risks and Challenges Today, health care professionals are using technology extensively in almost every aspect of the practice.
Medical Malpractice Everyone makes mistakes, but some are more deadly than others. Malpractice is the illegal or negligence, professional activity or they’re working out of the their scope of practice. Medical malpractice is one of the top causes of death in the United States. With this being said, insurance for medical practitioners would be considerably higher.
“Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits deal with Improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional. Negligence is the predominant theory of liability concerning allegations of medical malpractice, making this type of litigation part of Tort Law. Since the 1970s, medical malpractice has been a controversial social issue. Physicians have complained about the large number of malpractice suits and have urged legal reforms to curb large damage awards, whereas tort attorneys have argued that negligence suits are an effective way of compensating victims of negligence and of policing the medical profession. A person who alleges negligent medical malpractice
The doctor’s diagnosis of Robson says that she has an inoperable tumor in her abdomen that will eventually spread to her liver and metastasize, and eventually killing her. The prognosis was that Robson was to undergo many rounds of chemotherapy to try to prevent the spreading of the disease. Robson later finds out about the baffling misdiagnosis of her doctors. She discovers the tumor was not inoperable, not going to be cured by chemotherapy, and not going to metastasize in her liver. Robson then devises a list of legally worded reasons as to why her diagnosis was incorrect.
It It f It frustrates me what Dr. Anna Pou had to go through with the lawsuits of the Memorial Medical Center incident. As Healthcare professionals, being sued for making the rightful decision for the patient and the hospital is unjust. Healthcare professionals like Dr. Pou, have taken the Hippocratic oath, and one of the promises made within that oath is “first, do no harm”. Hospital’s should not be so quick to make such an important decision of pressing charges to their faculty; more trust should be placed in them. In addition, she made it clear her intentions were just to ‘‘help’’ patients ‘‘through their pain,’’ on national television.
I wanted to give you the respect of a face to face explanation of the issues I found in your medical records, which I believe will make it impossible to recover substantial compensation in this matter. Since we have not been able to meet in person, I will briefly explain why I do not want to pursue this case. The UMDNJ hosptial record for your ER visit on April 7, 2015 indicates “patient states he is using crutches at home secondary to a previous left hip replacement that is recalled and he is waiting for surgery, he missed his step on a loose floor board in the house tonight and fell onto his left side.” You “complained of pain in the left shoulder and unable to fully abduct his arm and also has pain in the left hip area and left
Nurses and doctors take the oath to protect the privacy and the confidentiality of patients. Patients and their medical conditions should not be discussed with anyone who is not treating the patient. Electronic health records are held to the same standards as nurses in that information is to be kept between, and shared only with the immediate care team. HIPAA violations are not taken lightly nor are the violation fines cheap. Depending on the violation, a hospital can be fined from $100 to $50,000 per violation (National Nurse 2011 p 23).
Brent Carey and Stacey Carey v. Indiana Physical Therapy Inc. and Stephens Connelly, P.T. Court of Appeals of Indiana, 2010 No. 02A03-0910-CV-473. FACTS Carey sustained injuries in an automobile accident for which he received monies from the original tortfeasor. The Plaintiff, due to his injuries, was referred by his doctor to Stephen Connelly, a physical therapist at Indiana Physical Therapy, Inc. Connelly preformed a manipulation technique, “compressions”” on the Plaintiff during his third session which caused a great deal of discomfort.