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1FINAL PROJECT TWO: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONSFinal Project Two: Policy RecommendationsKevin OkimotoSouthern New Hampshire UniversityIHP-501 Global Health and DiversityDr. FaheyAugust 9th, 2020
2FINAL PROJECT TWO: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONSEfficacyDespite being passed in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) took nearly seven years for the initial HIPAA Privacy Rule to go into effect. This landmark legislation generated significant skepticism, confusion, and angst when first introduced (Gale, 2016). However, despite such criticism and questionable perceptions, HIPAA has helped to create a culture of compliance within many organizations. The policy’s implementation ensured the safety and security of patient health information. Additionally, it protected patients from having their healthcare information used for purposes that were deemed to be unrelated to healthcare by other parties (HIPAA Privacy Rule, 2015, Dorward, n.d.). The safety and security of protected health information (PHI) have long been a concern within the healthcare system. However, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA’s) ability to promote proper information handling has successfully eased concerns and criticism that were once identified in the early stages of the policy’s introduction. In addition to HIPAA’s ability to ensure the safety and security of PHI, it also provided patients with an increased level of access to their medical records. HIPAA gave individuals the right to obtain copies of their medical records so they may identify errorsand request any corrections to their information (Dorward, n.d.). Due to the increasing use of health information technology, individuals have expanded opportunities to access their health information electronically. This has enabled such patients and/or clients to access their medical records more quickly, easily, and on-demand. Moreover, HIPAA’s set standards that enable this ease of access has essentially put patients in the driver’s seat with respect to their health (Individuals’ Right, 2020).