Chapter 1: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management BackgroundHealthcare in the United States is a complex, highly regulated industry governed by federal and state laws, and professional practice and accrediting body standards. These laws and standards define how healthcare is financed and delivered. Individuals responsible for managing healthcare data and information in paper and/or electronic form must have a clear understanding of the laws and standards that govern the delivery of healthcare, including those related to the privacy, confidentiality, and security of health information. In addition, they must be ready to accommodate the changes to laws, standards, and/or programmatic policies and procedures that support the growing use of electronically stored health information and health records. To set the stage this introductory chapter defines what is meant by health information and health records. The concepts of privacy, confidentiality, and security are defined and discussed in terms of their significance for protecting health information. Ownership of health records is briefly introduced, followed by a discussion of custodial responsibility for health records and the persons who function in the role of custodian. Tied to the concepts of privacy, confidentiality, and security are professional codes of ethical practice for those professionals who generate and manage health information. The chapter concludes with a discussion of ethics as applied to the management and protection of health information.
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- Spring '17
- Julie Wulf-Plimpton
- Health care provider, Electronic health record