Pls this was due Thursday the 28 th
Let's talk about protection of medical records. There is relatively recent legislation about this. It is the HITECH Act. "The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. Subtitle D of the HITECH Act addresses the privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information, in part, through several provisions that strengthen the civil and criminal enforcement of the HIPAA rules" (Health and Human Services, n.d.). Basically, when the government decided to enforce the requirement of electronic medical records, they needed a way to enforce protecting it. What do you think about this Act? What are it's implications? Health and Human Services.(n.d.) Health Information Privacy. Retrieved November 28, 2013 from http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/enforcementrule/hitechenforcementifr.html
What I think about the HIPPA laws to protect the health records of patients is that the records are necessary but not safe. As a patient with a very thick file of physical treatments of conditions, my information is on the computer so that different providers within the same system have access to my information which avoids duplication of tests, has test results available to future providers to reference, and in general, to help my main physician, an internist, keep track of my health in order to make better decisions. I don't believe, however, that the records are safe as the hackers are always ahead of the programmers. The implications are enormous especially for those who have a mental health issue as my son does. His psychiatrist's computer was stolen which made all of his information available to the thieves if they wanted to use it. If employers or recruiters find out such information, jobs may be at stake.