Torie Beckwith_Unit 8 Assignment.docx - CONFIDENTIALITY DOCUMENTATION AND RISK MANAGEMENT 1 Legal and Ethical Principles of Confidentiality

Torie Beckwith_Unit 8 Assignment.docx - CONFIDENTIALITY...

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CONFIDENTIALITY, DOCUMENTATION, AND RISK MANAGEMENT 1Legal and Ethical Principles of Confidentiality, Documentation, and Risk ManagementTorie L. BeckwithPurdue Global HS101
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CONFIDENTIALITY, DOCUMENTATION, AND RISK MANAGEMENT 2Legal and Ethical Principles of Confidentiality, Documentation, and Risk ManagementProtecting your patient’s privacy is a vital part of their healthcare experience. Violations of privacy can have detrimental effects on the patient’s mental health and well-being, as well as on your career as a medical professional. The following discusses who has the right to view a patient’s medical record, how confidentiality is maintained throughout the patient’s visit, the consequences a breach of patient confidentiality can have on a medical professional, and exceptions in a patient’s right to confidentiality. To begin, I will address the question of acceptability in viewing a patient’s medical recordas it pertains to the case study. As a healthcare professional, if I am assigned to a patient as a partof their care team, I can legally view the patient’s medical record as long as the patient has signed a Release of Information form. According to the University of Houston (n.d.), if you are a“HIPAA Covered Entity” (physicians, hospitals, clinics, etc., and transmit health information electronically), you must strictly adhere to HIPAA guidelines when accessing and viewing a patient’s medical record (University of Houston, n.d.). However, just because you have access to their medical record doesn’t mean you should view it, unless it is necessary in assisting the patient. In this case, according to Stanford & Connor (2019), the documents the patient forgot to take with him are vital to his recovery, so retrieving his contact information would fall under a need-to-know basis and is acceptable under HIPAA regulations (Stanford & Connor, 2019). Regarding the correction of this issue and providing the patient with the information he needs; I would take it upon myself to contact him. I believe that this not only helps to protect the
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