HSM 320 Patient Confidentiality

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HSM 320 Patient Confidentiality
Why has patient confidentiality become a more difficult issue to deal with in the present healthcare environment?  In addition…

 

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HSM 320 Patient Confidentiality

HSM 320 Patient Confidentiality

Discussions Week 5 All Students Posts 28 Pages

Why has patient confidentiality become a more difficult issue to deal with in the present healthcare environment?  In addition to the question above, here is a little scenario that I would like you to review:
Ms. X, a local television personality, visits Dr. C for an appointment. She is recognized by a medical assistant, who asks the nurse about this patient. The nurse confirms the patient’s identity and then the medical assistant goes to the computer, pulls up Ms. X’s records, and finds out that the patient is being treated for cancer. The medical assistant calls her sister and shares this information about Ms. X, and the sister begins to call others to tell them about it.
Who violated confidentiality in this case? Can we blame everyone for this breach of confidentiality? What could have been done to protect Ms. X’s information?…
So many people are involved in the care of the patient. How do we with technology try to ensure that only those that need to know, know?…

What would you do if you overhead a physician speaking to another patient though the walls? Does the fact that this is an accidental breach of confidentiality make it any less serious than an intentional breach?…