Essays /

Stolen Health Information Case Study Essay

Essay preview

Stolen Health Information Case Study
Sarah Kipp
HIM113- Law & Ethics in Health Information
Instructor Michelle Landis
November 29, 2012

A patient’s right to privacy is one of the most important and protected elements of healthcare today. Patient health information is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and even more so by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. “The HIPAA Privacy Rule is a key federal law governing the privacy and confidentiality of patient information.” (Brodnik, Rinehart-Thompson, Reynolds. 2012 pg. 215.) The law governing patient privacy has two goals, “to provide an individual with greater rights with respect to his or her health information” and “to provide greater privacy protections for one’s health information, which serves to limit access by others.” (Brodnik, Rinehart-Thompson, Reynolds. 2012 pg. 215) HIPAA security rule

Within the HIPAA Privacy Rule there are security rules that further govern the release and protection of protected health information that is stored, maintained and transmitted in an electronic format. In the context of the HIPAA laws, security “refers to protecting information from loss, unauthorized access, or misuse, along with protecting its confidentiality.” (Brodnik, Rinehart-Thompson, Reynolds. 2012 pg. 272) In the case of the employee getting fired for patients’ records being stolen, we are looking sp...

Read more


2012 215 272 273 276 29 access accomplish account act address administr allow almost along also anoth approach area assum avail awar b back backup base black breech brodnik broken cannot car case classifi clear common compli complianc compon confidenti context coupl cover creat disclosur document easi easili edit electron element employe ensur entir entiti ephi ethic even everi facil feder field file fire first five flexibl follow form format fulli fundament futur general get given go goal govern gray greater happen hazard health healthcar high him113 hipaa home hospit identifi implement import includ individu inform informat instructor insur integr introduct job keep key kipp know landi laptop last lauri law least leav left letter light limit look loss lot maintain mainten make manag may measur mechan media melani michell misus month must name need novemb one order oregon organiz other paid part particular password password-protect patient pg physic place play polici portabl possibl potenti prevent price privaci privat procedur protect protocol provid punish put reason rebecca receiv record refer regular releas remind requir respect respons result revamp reynold right rinehart rinehart-thompson role rule safe safeguard said sarah second secur send serv servic sever someth specif standard start stolen store studi summari take taken task technic thief thompson threat thus time titl today took train transmit travel trust two ultim unattend unauthor understand unprotect us use violat vital way week white within