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1Policy Analysis and Testimony TranscriptFinal Project Two: Final MilestonePolicy Analysis and Testiomony TranscriptToni BishopSouthern New Hampshire University
2Policy Analysis and Testimony TranscriptOver the years the field of healthcare has grown exponentially and continues to grow every day. It is one of those fields that is everchanging because the patient population is changing along with it. Most often we tend to hear about the constant changes in technology and the lifechanging outcomes they achieve, but there are other areas that have changed in healthcarethat make just as much of an impact. Healthcare administration, patient care quality and experience have all grown tremendously throughout the years. When patients enter a healthcare facility there are often nerves, questions, anxiousness and many other emotions running through their minds. As healthcare workers, not only is it our job to provide excellent patient care, but it also our job to advocate for our patients and make them feel safe and secure with their healthcare. As I mentioned, technology is one of the areas of healthcare that we most often hear about. Healthcare technology has been a key resource when improving healthcare quality, patientsatisfaction and security. For example, medical records used to be kept on paper, organized into files sorted on bookshelves or in file cabinets. When thinking back I realize how vulnerable and accessible that information was to those who had no business seeing it. Today we have completely electronic medical records (EMR) that are continuously encrypting, monitoring, and securing our personal data (Optum, 2018). Patient privacy is a huge concern for most and protecting their information is crucial to our job as healthcare workers.HIPAAAs a healthcare professional, I often find myself needing to access patient information in order to perform my job to the fullest extent. However, due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) a set of limitations and standards were enacted. In 1996, HIPAA was passed into law and was controlled by the United States Department of Health and
3Policy Analysis and Testimony TranscriptHuman Services. The beginnings of developing HIPAA focused on the intention to “improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage” focusing on those who were in between jobs to decrease instances of fraud and abuse in the healthcare industry (HIPAA Journal,2019). Lawmakers also used HIPAA to encourage healthcare companies and organizations to transitions to electronic record systems by highlighting their security. All said and done, the general purpose of HIPAA was to set limitations and standards to ensure privacy, security when exchanging health care information (HIPAA Journal,2019). The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule were two main focuses within the legislation.