The law does not give permission to the health care professionals to disclose the medical information of the patients. It is the right of a patient to have his or her personal identifiable information to be confidential. This medical information is suppose to only be available to the physician of record as well as other necessary health care and insurance personal. Confidentiality of patient was protected by federal statute, as of 2003. Passing of federal regulations which was the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was facilitated by the requirement of having privacy as well as protection of personal records and data in an electronic medical records environment and third party insurance payers.
Everyone’s a Google Doctor Before the Internet medical information of any kind was very difficult for the average person to find. Patients had to rely fully on the knowledge of their doctors to make the most accurate diagnosis, and find the most effective treatment plans to meet their overall health care needs. Medical information was once only available in medical textbooks, and journals that were not accessible to the general public. Now, however things have changed. With the Internet, the general public now have access to citations of more then 12 million medical articles online.
Federal law will prohibit future ‘unsecured’ use of electronic mail for transmission of health information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (a.k.a. Public Law 104-191; a.k.a. HIPAA) obligates healthcare organizations to implement ‘reasonable and appropriate’ technical safeguards to ensure that the confidentiality and integrity of health information is preserved. While ‘reasonable and appropriate’ i... ... middle of paper ... ...tration, “45 CFR Part 142 - Health Insurance Reform: Security and Electronic Signature Standards” Federal Register Vol 63, No.
She struggled to come back into serious terms, she blamed herself for everything that happened to her brother. Even when patients’ suspected mistakes mere being made, many feared that confronting medical staff, this might lead to farther injury (Thomas 769). The patients didn’t want to get treated wrong, their life was on the line. Even when the patient is told by the doctor an error happened, it effects them not only physically, but emotionally. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), many patients develop fears after being told an error occurred (Langreth 76).
Patients are at their most vulnerable state and many times they cannot defend themselves or even speak for thems... ... middle of paper ... ...s and there are many advantages to using social media from our Smartphones. We must be very careful especially in the medical field. Using social media can be helpful when trying to expand people’s knowledge of medical information but when it comes to using our Smartphones around our patients when it is not related to their treatment process we should remember HIPPA and whenever in doubt if what we’re sharing is ethically wrong we can review the HIPPA guidelines to make sure. References ECRI Institute. (2011, November).
Medical facilities have to follow certain guidelines. They have to insure patient’s privacy in all areas. The medical facility has to protect the patient medical records and all healthcare information for the patient. If paper files are still in use at the medical facility, it should be stored, where it can be locked at close of business. Also, medical files should not be kept where individuals, other than those that need to use them, have access to them.
Introduction Medical malpractice has been a controversial issue in the healthcare setting for centuries. Apparently, there are laws to protect patients’ from medical mistakes and errors that are the result of negligence. After researching various laws and medical liability cases based on allegations of negligence, this paper will discuss and provide details on the medical malpractice case of Dorrence Kenneth versus Charleston Community Memorial Hospital. The case analysis will briefly explain information from the beginning to end, including: laws that were violated, codes in the healthcare industry that were breached by the physician and Charlesto... ... middle of paper ... ...ulations in the U.S. judicial system is “most define the law as a system of principles and processes by which people in a society deal with disputes and problems, seeking to solve or settle them without resorting to force” (p. 15). Some situations cannot be rectified in a board meeting.
Electronic Medical Record is currently available in many countries, yet there are still various obstacles to overcome before it can be implemented successfully. Several technological impacts and social issues have reduced the pace of implementation or prevent the widespread plan to EMR implementation. Users of EMR system include administrative staff, medical staff, and patients. The main users are the physicians and nurses who have used EMR to have electronic access to patient health information . Many physicians scared that the introduction of EMRs and healthcare computer programs could damage some of the basic evidence of their existence.
Privacy Issues with Web-Based Medical Information Abstract: With growing concerns about the privacy of personal medical information, the president has taken action and passed regulations attempting to protect this privacy. It should work well in traditional health care situations, but it questions still remain about how applicable it will be to health care on the web. A hacker downloads thousands of medical records from the University of Washington Medical School . Eli Lilly and Co. accidentally discloses the email addresses of 6000 patients who are taking Prozac . With these incidents fresh in the minds of many people, the privacy of medical information has been a hot topic.
He believed that the patient was, above all, the most important aspect involved in the healing process. With the rise in the number of patients under a physician’s care and the stringent rules by which each doctor must abide, many doctor’s are finding that they are unable to devote ample time to become acquainted with their patients (spiralnotebook, pg 1). Furthermore, as newly acquired information regarding illnesses becomes available on the internet, patients are seeking the advice of multiple physicians (Changing, pg 3). These differences between patients and their physicians, as well as numerous others, have caused rifts in the patient-doctor relationship. Half a century ago, a doctor’s patients relied solely on their doctor for information and advice regarding how to treat a specific disease.