Final Project Two - Milestone Three.docx - 1 FINAL PROJECT TWO POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Final Project Two Policy Recommendations Kevin Okimoto Southern

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1 FINAL PROJECT TWO: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Final Project Two: Policy Recommendations Kevin Okimoto Southern New Hampshire University IHP-501 Global Health and Diversity Dr. Fahey August 9 th , 2020
2 FINAL PROJECT TWO: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Efficacy Despite 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 errors and 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).
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