PHI, HIPAA, and Privacy

How PHI, HIPAA, and Privacy Relate to One Another:

The Health Insurance Portability Assurance Act (HIPAA) consists of five main rules, one being the Privacy Rule. "The Privacy Rule protects the PHI and medical records of individuals, with limits and conidtions on the various uses and disclosures that can and cannot be made without patient authorization" (Garner, 2022). Patient privacy and confidentiality is important within the healthcare field as it helps to promote a trusting relationship between the patient and their provider. As the American Hospital Association states, "aligning cybersecurity and patient safety intiatives not only will help your organization protect patient safety and privacy, but will also ensure continuity of effective delivery of high-quality care by mitigating disruptions that can have a negative impact on clinical outcomes" (2022).

Topic Statement

In order to have a properly functioning telehealth system, one must prioritize protecting the privacy and confidentiality of their patients to avoid facing ethical dilemmas in healthcare. Chaet et al. (2017) sheds light on the fact that majority of electronic health and medicine encounters involve a wider range of third parties that include, but are not limited to, service providers and their business affiliates and various members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. With that being said, it is important to identify the potential errors in telemedicine with regards to PHI, HIPAA, and privacy. This project aims to focus on the history of HIPAA, limitations to care as a result of telehealth and its potential hazards to patient privacy and confidentiality. 

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