Privacy And Health Information Technology (HIT): A Case Study

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Privacy and Health Information Technology (HIT) Privacy is an important aspect to healthcare organizations planning to utilize health management information systems (HMIS) because protecting patients’ personal healthcare information is vital to providing quality healthcare, building trust in consumer relationships, and following patients’ healthcare rights legislation. If patients do not feel that their personal information is secure, they will seek care at another competitive healthcare organization. In addition, healthcare centers that do not take steps to make sure they are abiding by healthcare privacy legislation will most likely face large Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) fines…show more content…
They explain most HIPAA violations are due to lack of employee awareness related to patients’ privacy procedures and a deficiency in communication from management regarding education on proper patient confidentiality processes. They advocate for regular staff trainings on HIPAA laws and instruction on specific privacy weaknesses that affect their organizations’ healthcare information systems. They also explain that healthcare information system privacy training should ensure employees are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to protecting their patients’ confidentiality. They emphasize management should regularly communicate about the importance of HIPAA compliancy to their staff members and make privacy training a top priority within their organizations (Mishra et al., 2014). Staff members’ awareness and agreement through consistent communication and training sessions concerning HIPAA regulations and updates will ensure healthcare centers are adequately protecting the privacy of their patients’ healthcare…show more content…
correctional system relating to HIPAA and the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Record laws. She states this patient population has unique health information privacy issues because under certain circumstances their information can be shared with other healthcare and legal professionals without their consent (i.e. to protect the safety and security of the correctional institutions’ employees and other inmates). This being said, she explains it is imperative for healthcare professionals to protect the confidentiality of prison patients because a breach of patient information could cause harm in a setting with such close living arrangements. She reveals patients of correctional facilities have higher rates of chronic and infectious diseases and psychiatric disorders and they will not seek care from healthcare professionals if they do not believe their health information will be adequately protected. It is also important for correctional healthcare professionals to protect prison inmates personal health information when communicating with community healthcare providers who will be managing their care after they are released from prison. She reinforces when inmates are released from prison they are sheltered by the same HIPAA rights than any other patient in the general population. She states one method correctional facilities can adopt to protect inmates’
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