What is HIPAA and how it its related to patient privacy?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established several privacy rules and regulations for health care professionals about the patient confidentially and transferring their information through electronic communications. Branching the rules of patient confidentiality results in immediate termination of the employee.
The protected health information (PHI) refers to information of the patient, which helps to identify the patient that include, the name of the patient, date of birth, and address. It also includes the patient’s information in the medical record, medical tests and tests, diagnosis and any other related information.
The healthcare professional must inform patients about their privacy rights and how their PHI can be used. Before disclosing the PHI according to the facility’s policy, the patient must sign the Notice of Privacy Practices.
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