Essay on Patient Health Information Security : Case Analysis
University of West Florida The foundation of today’s society is built on the internet. Being “plugged-in” to the world around us offers many advantages, such as fast communication, mass information distribution, and seemingly limitless data storage. Health information systems have capitalized on the tools provided by the internet to create massive databases to store patient information and files, while still allowing the information to be easily accessible. It sounds like a great system, but what are the risks of the large expanse of the internet in the health care industry? Having patient health information (PHI) stored in an online database poses a threat to patient confidentiality if the databases are not properly secured and protected. In the role of Chief Information Officer of a healthcare facility, my job would be to monitor the security of patient health information records and maintain the system’s security by implementing regular security assessments, screenings, and updating the software as needed in order to comply with HIPAA laws.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was created “to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public 's health and well-being” (Summary of HIPPA Privacy Rule). The intent of this law is to protect all…