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This article talks about health care information that is inappropriately or incorrectly communicated can result in misuse of that information and could cause patient harm Everyday our private health care information is being collected shared analyzed and stored with few legal protections Confidentiality is a central component to the foundation of the helping professions Without confidentiality the clientnurse relationship is in danger of losing the developed levels of trust Nurses carry a particularly heavy burden of responsibility because they share many personal and intimate details about patients during the time they provide care This information is volunteered by patients based on trust that the nurse or doctor will not expose the personal information The article points out many ways that patient information could be breached Notes are left on the front desk patient charts are unsecured and information is disclosed during telephone calls because we assume the person on the other end of the telephone is an appropriate receiver of the information Computer security is also breached when users share password information the computer is left unattended or we do not understand or simply forget about logging out The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 HIPAA is to guarantee ongoing health insurance coverage reduce fraud and abuse protect patient information and simplify administrative reporting Its intent is to ensure privacy maintain patient confidentiality and implement methods of sending and receiving the correct information to and from the correct people You dont always have to be secret about your patients You can of course share pertinent information about a patient with colleagues who are directly involved in his care But you cant tell just anyone who works at the hospital nsocom There are many situations encountered thought the course of the day that will test you when dealing with patient confidentiality Those that we should not discuss patient information with include the following 1One patient about another patient 2Relatives friends or other individuals that
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