Protecting Patient Privacy

Overview Total Assessment Submission Length: 4-6 pages total submitted through an Agenda, Memo, and two email templates. In this assessment, you will create four different types of communication to ensure the protection of patient data and privacy: a meeting agenda, a staff memo, and two emails. Each of these will be in response to a short scenario. Read each scenario and first identify the issue that is being addressed related to patient privacy and confidentiality. Then, prepare a response using the specified method (agenda, memo, or email) that includes the following: Strategies for maintaining privacy of patient health information, and electronic health records, including the importance of safeguarding electronic health records (EHR) Identify technology resources that may be used to protect patient confidentiality and privacy Explain a nurse’s ethical duty when it comes to maintaining confidentiality of private patient information, and list possible implications of not maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy Explain the role of HIPAA in governing electronic health information and provide HIPAA guidelines for permitted use and disclosure of protected patient health information Evaluate the potential privacy, security, and confidentiality risks involved with using personal smartphones when providing nursing care List HIPAA guidelines that should be followed and possible technology used to help protect patient confidentiality and privacy To complete this Assessment: Read the scenarios. Complete the templates to create a meeting agenda, a memo, and two emails of your own Scenario 1: A tragic car accident involving an A-list Hollywood actor happened near the hospital at which you work. A member of the care team at the hospital posted information about the actor on social media, which occurred prior to any public disclosure of information regarding the actor’s accident. In an attempt to avoid a similar episode at your hospital, you have decided to schedule a meeting with your staff to discuss the implications to patient privacy and confidentiality, including how these types of situations should be handled. You decided to draft an agenda in preparation. The agenda should include a brief overview of the incident described above and the legal implications involved for the person who posted the information. The agenda should also include the following: A description of how a situation like this should be handled. Include any relevant laws or codes of ethics that apply. The importance of safeguarding patient information (no matter who it is). The technology or policy related to technology that could be used to protect patient privacy in this situation. Strategies you have used personally to protect patient health information. A list of resources for your staff to reference. The agenda should be 1- to 2-pages in length.

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