Nurs FPX 4040 Assessment 2

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What is protected health information (PHI)?

Information about the protection of physical and mental health conditions, healthcare services, and payment for such services that are individually identifiable constitutes Protected Health Information (PHI) (Tovino, 2021). There are rules set by HIPAA about PHI that must be adhered to strictly regardless of its form, whether electronic, written, or oral. These precautions ensure confidentiality and privacy regarding sensitive personal matters vital for maintaining trust between patients and doctors (Abdulghani et al., 2019). HIPPA plays an integral role in overseeing how PHI can be utilized while guaranteeing confidentiality protocols are informed consistently throughout professionals within the field who regularly handle sensitive information, making it crucial they have adequate comprehension of policy provisions established therein.

What is privacy, security, and confidentiality?

The notion of privacy acknowledges the right to regulate who is privy to an individual’s data. Pertaining specifically to healthcare, this denotes safeguarding patients’ confidential health information (PHI) while ensuring that solely authenticated individuals may have access to it. The assimilation of modern technology in healthcare has given birth to fresh quandaries regarding protectionism for patients’ confidentiality, safety, and privacy (Tovino, 2021). Such apprehensions encompass a range of issues, including inadequate data encryption that may give rise to unauthorized access; lax rules for accessing PHI allowing unapproved persons to view or modify such sensitive information; frail password policies culminating in the disclosure of confidential patient health details without authorization; as well as inappropriate handling techniques when disposing of electronic devices containing personal medical history records (PHI).

Regarding safeguarding confidential electronic health data, it is vital to have interdisciplinary collaboration. It is crucial that healthcare providers come together and develop strategies for securing patients’


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