Administrative Ethics

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Find a current administrative issue in a newspaper, magazine, or journal article relating to topics such as patient privacy, confidentiality, or HIPAA.

Write a 1,050 word paper that includes the following:

•Describe the issue and its impact on the population it affects most.

•What arguments or facts are used in the article to support the proposed solution?

•What are the ethical and legal issues reported for your administrative issue?

•Explain the managerial responsibilities related to administrative ethical issues. If none were stated, what should have been done?

•Identify any proposed solutions.

Include at least three sources in your paper.

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The everyday lives of many individuals of this modern age of society are strongly influenced by social networking. When this social networking interferes with the industry of health care, a range of problems may occur. Violating the personal health information of an individual might occur with a little slip of a key. Advice on medical matters may be offered with consequences. Although these social networks can be useful, they may also be damaging. In order to reduce the risk of privacy violation, there is a need to have a policy within an organization (Dimick, 2010).

A social networking website is an online fraternity for people to meet and share matters along with discussing mutual interests. The issue occurs from a medical professional violating the privacy of a patient and the HIPAA laws through the social networking websites. Leaking information on patients through such sites can be damaging to both the physician and the patient. These social networks are not always handled through a professional manner, and they tend to be highly relaxed. Although these leaks might not be intentional, they still lead to violation of privacy laws, which protect the patients. In a society, leaking of personal information could lead to damaging the reputation of an individual in a personal way and also lead to potential gossip. This damage will affect the individual under discussion and the medical institution that was treating this patient. Chris Dimick (2010) discusses in his article the importance of privacy policies and the use of these social networking websites. The article describes how such policies should be drawn, and the employees informed about them. Strict monitoring of the computers of the company and putting into effect the policies is the best solution that he offers for ensuring the privacy of patients.

When the staff member of a healthcare facility, such as a nurse, simply slips and mentions anything regarding their day, there is a high likelihood that a privacy violation will occur. Although that staff member might state something without specifics, anyone who knows where that staff member works and has a friend who went to the hospital may believe you are talking about that friend if what the staff member mentioned, and the disease of the friend relates. The privacy of a patient affects the general population as a whole since everyone has to see a health care professional at some point in their lifetime.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 were designed to ensure the privacy of personal health information (Greysen, 2010). If the laws of this act are followed, no hospital personnel should discuss any individual’s personal health information without the consent of the patient. Since HIPAA was introduced in the healthcare field, there has been a substantial decline in patient privacy issues. Training, controlling and regulations towards social networking sites are a highly strong approach to preventing leakages. There are policies that have risen in several directions, to help prevent the intentional and/or unintentional slip of information. Every facility should have their own rules...
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