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Policy ImprovementHIPAA is going to have to constantly be reassessed to make sure it is working properly and alsobecause technology is constantly changing and growing. Since the security and privacy of health information is a continuous process, there will always be room for improvements. Making sure staff areup to date on HIPAA laws as well as having qualified staff who are easily identifiable and are able to make the decisions regarding release of information with confidence.For example, social media has become a steadfast market in our daily routines. Most everyone is in some sort of way affected by the technology that's available at our fingertips. Working the medicalfield we are not supposed to, in any way, shape, or form, share patient demographics. “HIPAA rules clearly forbid disseminating patient information on social media, but they say little about the kinds of measures healthcare providers can take to get a handle on this problem” (Solove. 2013).Another improvement that could be made deals with the release of patient information. The biggest barrier of HIPAA comes from the lack of understanding about the release of patient information. This lack of understanding also brings about the issue of institutions not being able to make their own interpretations because there is no regulation or umbrella policy that defines infractionsand how they will be dealt with. Not to mention the “challenges to health information management professionals in controlling safeguards related to release of information given the transition to electronic health records and the increased involvement of information technology” (Houser, Houser, & Shewchuk, 2007). There has
been a lot of challenges that HIM professionals have had to deal with in regards to release of patient information. “More clarification of the law, standardized instructions, and extensive training of healthcare workers should be addressed” (Houser, Houser, & Shewchuk, 2007).Advocating for HIPAAHIPAA really is a good thing because at the end of the day it's what helps keeps our personal health data protected, in the hopes that our identity is not easily stolen or corrupted. Especially in today's world, where information is literally just a click or swipe away, we need such an entity in our lives. Thanks to HIPAA working with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), we are also protected from insurance fraud which is when “medical identity theft occurs when someone uses another person'sname or insurance information to get medical treatment, prescription drugs or surgery. It also happens when dishonest people working in a medical setting use another person's information to submit false bills to insurance companies” (FTC, 2011). According to the HIPAA Journal there are 4 categories of violation classifications. There are as follows:•Category 1: A violation that the CE (covered entity) was unaware of and could not have realistically avoided, had a reasonable amount of care had been taken to abide by HIPAA Rules•Minimum fine of $100 per violation up to $50,000•