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Friday, September 23, 2011

Privacy and Security: Is it achieved under HIPAA 5010?

Veiling my phytogenetics I hope it works!
It is the responsibility of health care providers to keep patients' personal health records confidential and private. If a patients confidential health information is breached it can mean big trouble lawsuits, fines, degradation of trust and etc. for health care providers. Under HIPAA 5010, a covered entity can in fact disclose a patient’s entire medical record. There are all kinds of exceptions and broad definitions under the disclosure rules. When patients discover who has been given their private information they are going to be horrified about who has seen it and who is requesting it. This is going to be all the more startling when genomic data becomes incorporated into therapies and is available via the patient record. It is vitally important that people understand that the privacy rule requirements do not apply to information that has been de-identified. The ramifications of this are of momentous significance now and into the future. Do you really want strangers to get their hands on your personal data and be rooting around in in your most personal health information? Is there anything that can be done to protect your privacy? I want to know what you think. So be sure to leave a comment in the comment section of my blog. 

1 comment:

  1. Yes there is somthing you can do to protect your privacy.