Ethics Facing Healthcare

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Ethical Issue Facing Health Care
Cynthia Battle
University Of Phoenix
November 30, 2009
Health record breach violations are an ethical issue facing healthcare. In the article from the Journal of AHIMA titled “Reports Pour in under CA’s New Privacy Laws,” the writer Chris Dimick discusses record breach violations. Reports have been pouring into the California Department of Public Health since the state began requiring healthcare entities to report all incidents of unauthorized record access.( Journal of AHIMA, 2009/07). According to the article the law took effect January 1, 2009, that requires the healthcare entities in California to report all incidents of unauthorized record access. According to the California Law unauthorized access of patient’s records are to be reported. According to Kathleen Billingsley, RN, deputy director of the California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Care Quality (CDPH) 800 cases have been reported.(Journal of AHIMA, 2009/07). Healthcare professionals that perform unauthorized access to patient’s records are guilty of breach of patient’s confidentiality. Technology is not 100% tamperproof which leave room for breach of patient confidentiality. If there is unauthorized access of the patient record, the perpetrators shall be detected and punished. The article discussed that reports of unintentional breaches such as an employee faxing a patient chart to the wrong Dr. Jones or facility employees snooping in a patients record (Journal of AHIMA, 2009/07). According to the Medical Device Daily 80% of healthcare organizations surveyed admitted to at least one incident of lost or stolen electronic health information in the past year and 4% had more than five patient data breaches (YOFFEE, LYNN_. Medical Device Daily_, 10/26/2009, Vol. 13 Issue 206, p1-8, 2p). According to Ethics of Health Care congress provides both civil and criminal penalties for knowingly violating patient privacy (Edge and Groves, 2006...
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