A Brief Note On Healthcare And Health Care

1016 WordsJul 30, 20155 Pages
Ethics in Healthcare Confidentiality is one major responsibility that health care givers are required to uphold in their healthcare service. The health care providers are expected to keep the information on their patient’s health private in any case. However, there are some instances where they are allowed to reveal this information with the consent of the patients or not. Due to the revolution in technology health care confidentiality faces a huge threat. This is because it is now easy for anyone to hack into a health care institution’s system and retrieve this information. However, this problem is being dealt with by the new measure taken to curb cyber-crime globally. Patient confidentiality is so delicate that even good willing relatives of an individual cannot be allowed to be given this confidential information unless with the consent of the individual. All health practitioners are required to sign a federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Huntington, 2010). This is an indication and proof that they are ready to abide by the patients confidentiality act. Patient-doctor confidentiality is an issue which holds a lot of weight due to the damaging result the breach of confidentiality would cause to a patient. Revealing such information to the public would cause harm to the patient, especially on his reputation and self-esteem. Due to the sensitivity of the information, the health care giver is required by the law to keep it
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