Medical Professionals Should Always Value A Patient 's Ethical Right

833 Words Nov 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Medical professionals should always value a patient’s ethical right to privacy and confidentiality. Under the HIPPA law, there are still concerns with the protection of patient privacy; therefore, healthcare professionals must confront the growing technological environment and find ways to increase access security, as well as discipline employees that violate a patient’s privacy. Electronic health records can be beneficial to providers from a cost and efficiency standpoint, but are patients really better off with a paperless system?5
Privacy relates to people; confidentiality relates to data. A patient has a right to privacy and confidentiality concerning their mental and physical medical records. The term privacy has been defined as an individual’s desire to limit the disclosure of personal information.1 The term confidentiality refers to a process in which information should be released in a controlled manner.1 Although the terms “confidentiality” and “privacy” are often used interchangeably, they are not equivalent, as it is possible to keep information private while still breaching confidentiality.6 **The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) is a federal protection, which aims to protect the privacy and confidentiality disclosure of patients’ medical records as they are shared among healthcare providers and insurers. The second part of HIPPA is the accountability portion, which ensures security and confidentiality of patient information and…
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