With the enactment of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act, a patient�s right to have his or her health information kept private and secure became more than just an ethical obligation - it became the law.
Under HIPAA, it is a violation to release health information to inappropriate parties or to fail to adequately protect health information from unauthorized release or use. No matter where you are in healthcare organization it�s important to understand what privacy and confidentiality mean. HIPAA ensures patient privacy by setting rules for when protected health information, or PHI, may be used and released. Information is released after an authorization is signed or to carry out treatment, payment or healthcare operations.
What does this mean? This means that communications with or about patients involving PHI will be private and limited to those who need the information to provide treatment, obtain payment, and support our healthcare operations. Such communications may involve oral, written, or electronic communications. Only those people with an authorized need to know should have access to the protected information.
OUR KEY SECURITY MEASURES
The Jones Memorial Hospital uses these guidelines to keep health information secure and confidential.
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