HIPAA has evolved over the past decade and has been significantly strengthened by the HITECH Act of 2009 and its HIPAA amendment legislation issued in January 2013. No matter what you think of HIPAA, it`s hard to deny that over the past 10 years it has had a huge impact on patients, the health care industry and many others — and health care and HE PROFESSIONALS will continue to shape for many years to come. (Solove, 2013) The CMPA encourages members to require their employees and employees to sign a “confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement” [PDF] as they can tailor members and use them in their practice. It may be advantageous for the agreement to be renewed each year. This agreement helps ensure that staff and staff understand their obligations, encourages compliance with confidential patient information and provides valuable patient safety. Health care confidentiality refers to the requirement for professionals who have access to patients` records or communications to keep this information confidential. Rooted in the confidentiality of the patient-provider relationship, which dates back to the 4th century BC. I .C. and the Hippocratic Oath, this concept is the basis of physicians` guidelines for confidentiality (McWay, 2010, p. 174). This professional obligation to process confidential health information is supported in the ethical codes of professional organizations, as can be seen in Principle I of the American Health Information Management Association Code of Ethics, “Advocate, hold, and defend the individual`s right to privacy and the doctrine of confidentiality in the use and disclosure of information” (AHIMA, 2011). Data protection, unlike confidentiality, is considered the right of every client or patient, let alone making decisions about how personal data is transmitted (Brodnik, 2012). Although the U.S.
Constitution does not provide for a “right to privacy,” data protection rights for individual health decisions and health information have been described in court decisions, federal and regional statutes, accreditation guidelines and professional ethics codes. The legal sources and guidelines cited here are just examples of many considerations relating to the confidentiality, privacy and security of health information. The management of electronic health information poses unique challenges to compliance with legislation, ethical considerations and, ultimately, quality of care. As the online health registry system expands “good use” and more data is collected. For example, mobile health devices, this challenge is broadening for health organizations. Even before the discussion on health protection in the health sector was dominated by HIPAA, an important Supreme Court decision, Whalen v. Roe, recognized the right to health information data protection (1977). In this case, a state law was reviewed requiring physicians to report information about the prescribing of certain types of drugs that may be abused or over-prescribed to enter a computerized database of the New York Department of Health; Information includes the names of patients, physicians and pharmacists, as well as medications (McWay, 2010, p.