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certain health information (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014). Confidentiality in healthcare refers to the obligation of healthcare professionals who have access to records or communication with other staff to hold that information in confidence. Paperwork and patient information getting in the wrong hands is a concern that arises amongst patients and providers. One way we at St. Mary’s prevent this from happening is securing our electronic health records with an encrypted password, that way no one has access to patient information other than health professionals. St. Mary’s Medical Center in which I practice is dedicated to protecting the security and confidentiality of patient health information and has taken several steps in addressing these HIPAA requirements. These steps include: the appointment of Privacy Officer, the development of privacy and security policies and procedures, HIPAA Task Force committee, and the development of a Notice of Privacy Practices which is informing patients of their rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that are specific actions taken by St. Mary’s with regard to patient health information (“HIPAA,” 2017). Prior to HIPAA, there were no general rules or standards for protecting health information. Around the time of HIPAA evolving in 1996, new technologies were developing and hospitals and offices were switching from paper charting to electronic medical records (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014).
PATIENT-CLINICIAN COMMUNICATION7In conclusion, after much research regarding electronic health records, findings suggest and prove for continued use of these records versus paper charting. The benefits of electronic health records far outweigh the disadvantages. They essentially save us time, money, and lives. We can see today that technology plays an important role in health care in general. Switching to electronic health records will make access to health records easier, faster, and more resourceful.
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