In a fast paced environment, like that of a hospital emergency room, it is easy to forget to protect a patient’s privacy. By shattering this sacred trust between medical personnel and their clientele, many of these employees can lose both their license for practice and/or pay fines of thousands of dollars. One of the most crucial aspects of hospital HR is paying close attention to when and where information travels in order to disintegrate any HIPAA violation accusations.
Easy “Slip Ups” Which Could End In A HIPAA Violation
One of the most common ways in which medical personnel can provoke a HIPAA violation is by gossiping. Many may not even realize it until after the violation, but by actively discussing a patient outside of necessary conversation, one is breaking the law. The best preventative measure is consent through a signed release of information is mandatory for patient safety and the safety of the physician.
Another way in which a HIPAA violation could occur is through improper disposal of patient information. Whenever handling personal information such as a patient’s address, medical history, prescriptions, etc., it is vital to pay attention to material’s disposition. This information must be completely demolished or wiped clean if kept on a hard drive.
Maintaining Patient Information
A timely release of patient information is pertinent in preventing a HIPAA violation. Information must be sent to the client when requested. If hospital personnel delay this process, a HIPAA violation could be lurking around the corner.
One of the final ways in which a physician can accrue a HIPAA violation is through the misuse of computers and back-up devices. The CEU360 explains,
Safeguards should be in place to protect PHI in the event of theft or loss such as using passwords on electronic devices to verify the person signing into the device is authorized to access the information.
It is imperative to pay close attention to maintaining patient information and to utilize further measures to prevent patient material from leaking on to the Internet.
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