Privacy and Confidentiality

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The emerging practice of Telehealth leaves many individuals in the health industry to wonder how telehealth fits into the existing HIPAA regulations

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HIPPA protects all “individually identifiable health information” held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associates, in any form or media, whether electronic, in print or verbally. (Young, Borgetti & Clapham, 2018)

 

The Privacy Rule
EstaPrivacyblished in 2002 directly aligns with the policy and standards of HIPPA

 Works directly with HIPPA by protecting appropriate information that is needed to provide high quality healthcare and assuring that an individual’s health information is appropriately protected. It protects all “individually identifiable health information” held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associates, in any form or media, whether electronic, in print or verbally. (Young, Borgetti & Clapham, 2018Scott, 2019).

 

Preventing Third-Party Encounters
Third party websites are commonly used to enter healthcare information but often have security and data encryption, so there is a chance that PHI could be leaked 
 
Many mobile applications are used for home monitoring, as these are not regulated for privacy.
 
In response to of these threats, websites that utilize health information are expected to publish their privacy policies to keep patients informed about what information is collected and how that information is used (Chaet et al. 2017).