Understanding the Value of Health Information Privacy
The laws of our country are in place so that we as citizens may be protected and kept safe as we go
about our daily lives. One of the most important laws in place today is HIPAA.
What does it stand for?
HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act. The act was passed in August of 1996,
and was signed into law by the president at the time,
President Bill Clinton.
The purpose of the act is to protect peoples’ health
information. If someone wants to have access to your
health information, you have to sign a document that says
that they have your permission and are allowed to view
Individuals must sign this document when giving out their health information to anyone, including their
spouse and/or parents. Many people think this is a stupid rule, because they believe the parents should
always have access to their children’s health records.
However, there are certain cases where you can see how the law is very appropriate. There are many
reasons why a child may not want their parent or parents to view their health information.
Perhaps a child’s parents are not fit to be parents and they will not use their child’s health information
for good purposes. This could be a very practical reason why a child would be careful who he or she gave
their health information out to.
HIPAA also sets forth standards that employers and business people must follow in regards to people’s
electronic health records. These health records must be kept completely confidential.
One of the reasons why it is so important to keep health records private is because health research is so
very crucial in our society. In order to be ethical, the records of those who are being researched must be
kept completely private.
The ethics of science state that the rights of people must be protected so that people may be protected
from harm. Many people believe that having privacy is a basic human right that everyone should be able
These people believe that respecting the privacy
of people helps them to be represented as real
human beings. Privacy helps contribute to the
development of many traits that are important
for people to develop.
One of these traits is personal autonomy.
Personal autonomy is a person’s ability to make
When someone can’t make decisions for
themselves, they tend to lose an ability to direct
their own life. This contributes to them losing a
part of their identity as well.
This can be very tragic when you notice it happening. If you are healthcare provider, you know that you
never want this to happen to any of your patients.
Unfortunately, sometimes it does happen. But HIPAA is in place so it happens less frequently.
HIPAA training is usually required by companies when employees begin work. HIPAA training is essential
for new employees because it contains vital information about HIPAA that will greatly help them to
follow the rules of HIPAA.
Make sure to complete your HIPAA training so that you can be informed about the laws that apply to
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