Question 4: Define HIPAA and how you can protect your patient’s confidentiality as a nurse. Your neighbor comes into the hospital with cough and congestion. Your children play together so you are wondering if she has COVID. Are you able to review her chart? Under what circumstances can you review a patient's chart? What could happen to any nurse that violates HIPPA?
hipaa is a public health care act which focus on the imporvement of health care services. the full form of hipaa is health insurance portabilityand accountability act. this act was enacted in 1996.the nurse can maintain confidentiality of all protected health data including paper, oral and electronic as soon as it is created, maintained and transfered and to protect the data against any unwanted use of the information and must be disclosed only to authorised persons. it is possible for any unauthorised persons to review any patient's chart. the staff who is caring for the patient is responsible for managing the data related to patient. violation of privacy rule could charge the entity with civil money penalty or criminal penalty depending on the type of violation or non-compliance.
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