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IHP 501 Final Project Two1IHP 501 Final Project TwoEric StaudterSouthern New Hampshire UniversityIHP 501 Final Project TwoPolicyThe policy I have selected for this assignment is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. HIPAA is a federal law that was enacted in order to set national standards to prevent patient health information from being disclosed without consent or knowledge of the patient (CDC, 2018). An individual’s health information is referred to as
IHP 501 Final Project Two2protected health information, PHI, and the HIPAA privacy rule addresses the use and disclosure of it by those subject to the privacy rule (2018). The covered entities include healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and business associates. The main purpose of the privacy rule is to make sure that PHI stays protected while also permitting the flow of information that is necessary to provide quality care (2018). Also, the HIPAA security rule protects any individually identifiable information that a covered entity records, receives, and sends electronically (2018). RationaleThis is the policy selected because it was a landmark legislation that is important to both healthcare organizations and patients. According to the HIPAA journal it helped to streamline administrative healthcare functions, improve efficiency in the healthcare industry, and ensure protected health information is shared securely (2017). Having worked in a providers office as anelectronic medical record technician, this was always something I had to be mindful of when handling patient’s electronic documents. My mother is currently a healthcare administrator in theoncology field and I know that there is always compliance training for herself and her staff. Being HIPAA compliant is important everywhere, especially in places where staff are dealing with a vulnerable population such as oncology. For patients this is so important because it ensures them that their PHI will be subject to multiple safeguards from the covered entities underthe law (2017).StakeholdersThe three potential interviewees I have identified include: my mother who is a healthcare administrator, my girlfriend who is an ER nurse, and my father who is a frequent consumer of healthcare services. An administrator oversees the entire practice and must ensure that doctors,
IHP 501 Final Project Two3nurses, and other staff are all compliant with the HIPAA privacy and security laws to avoid penalties. Nurses deal with PHI all throughout a shift. They can access it at nursing stations, offices, exam rooms, and at bedside with a patient. In the thick of the emergency room it can be challenging to focus on safeguarding health information when there are sick patients to tend to constantly. Nurses often become desensitized to the importance of HIPAA compliance while theyare focused on patient’s health and in constant contact with their data (Borten, 2016). As a patient, HIPAA allows my father to control who his PHI gets released to and who it is shared with. HIPAA is especially important to him as a patient because of his active role in his