Administrative ethics regarding HIPAA
HIPP is a privacy rule that is set up to protect a patient’s person health information. This personal health information coverage gives a patient a number of rights on how their medical records are kept and who has the right to view them. The HIPAA privacy rule has a number of safeguards for the covered entitles to ensure that confidentiality and integrity of any electronic health information.
The HIPAA rule is only applies to covered entities. If a person, agency, or organization can meet what is considered a covered entity, they must observe with the Rules' requirements to protect the privacy and security of health information and ...view middle of the document...
The Hasting Center Report, a journal that includes articles on ethical issues health care and life science, suggest that HIPAA is often termed as a privacy rule. It is not. In fact, HIPAA is a disclosure regulation, and it has effectively dismantled the longstanding moral and legal tradition of patient confidentiality (Sobel, 2007).
By permitting broad and easy dissemination of patients’ medical information, with no audit trails for most disclosures, it has undermined both medical ethics and the effectiveness of medical care (Sobel, 2007).
The impact of HIPAA has brought on new ways to find patient information. The World Wide Web is not a safe harbor for information that is transmitted. It is hidden with hackers who are exploiting patient’s medical records. Along with the hackers, there is the large amount of paper work that is involved and burden physicians and their staff. With this increased of paper work, there have been an increasing amount of companies and for hire consultants who allegedly can help health care professional find their way through the HIPAA maze of paper work and help organizations adhere to the provisions.
There have been incidents where physician’s offices are requiring patients to pick up test results and not send them to the patient electronically. There have been hospitals that require a physician to submit written request on their letterhead. It seems that physicians maybe too cautious (Zimmerman, 2010).
One ethical factor that comes into play regarding HIPAA would be the exchange of information from one health care facility to another or one health care professional to another. An example would be, there is a patient who has a condition where if they were to receive fertility treatments, it could harm a fetus. The physician and the health care facility do not know about her current condition but her former physician and health care facility does. Doe the current physician have the right to inform the other physician? The belief of what is in the best interest of the patient would come into play. The facility should record all information that is significant into a patients file and a consult with the other physician should be necessary.
HIPAA rules should not be a road block for communication between a physician and families or care givers. Some of the rules allow the exchange of information form a health care professional to a spouse or someone the patient has allowed receiving the information regarding a life or death situation. There is the belief that even when a patient is not present, and it is a life or death situation, the exchange of this type of communication should take place (Sabatino, 2009).
When there is a risk or a danger to others not related to the patient, there is a law that requires a...