Dealing with Confidentiality

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Running Head: DEALING WITH CONFIDENTIALITY Bioethics Name of Student School Ethical Implications Despite the lack of a consistent understanding of the meaning of privacy, the Privacy Rule remains a time-honored and a universally accepted norm in the handling of personal health information (Nass et al, 2009). Privacy involves the collection, storage and use of a patient's personal information and determines who has access to the information and the conditions to that access. It guarantees confidentiality and security. The assurance of confidentiality prevents the physician or another health care professional who receives the information from revealing it in the course of their intimate relationship. The unauthorized or negligent disclosure can constitute a breach of that guarantee of confidentiality. And the assurance of security means that the patient's records will be kept safe from unauthorized use. Hacking into the computer system violates security and confidentiality (Nass et al). The privacy, confidentiality and security of health information are protected as basic human rights, which must be duly respected (Nass et al, 2009). Moreover, the high esteem given it enables or promotes other values, such as ideals of personhood. These include personal autonomy, individuality, respect, and the dignity and worth of human beings. Breaches injure the patient's dignity and cause him all kinds of harm. Unauthorized disclosures can lead patients to lose trust in the
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