Information Systems

Original Discussion Board Topic What is your understanding of a Nurse Practitioners responsibility in protecting personal health information (PHI)? Respond to the discussion board post below. Do not refute their post, just add additional information building upon their discussion. Many changes will occur as the nurse transitions into her new career as a nurse practitioner. One that remains the same, however, is the need for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). The patient remains the focal point of health care. The practitioner must adhere to all HIPPA regulations to protect information regarding health insurance, health care record and private health information. It is still the nurse practitioner’s role to ensure an environment of safety and privacy for each patient (Edemekong, 2019). Providing this culture of security will also help to create a trusting relationship with the patient. Aside from the legal responsibility, maintaining a secure health practice should be a standard of practice. A person’s health information is a private matter. Ensuring the patient that they have a provider who cares enough for them to maintain their privacy is crucial. This can be done by securing computers, keeping files confidential and not speaking to others outside of the patient’s health team about the patient’s care or complaints. The provider should ensure that they do not share passwords, leave computers open, or have screens with patient health information within view of the public. There are many other daily practices that the health care provider can implement to promote a culture of confidentiality. If the provider or their staff do not adhere to the HIPPA requirements, there are fines and corrective measures that will be enforced. This is to ensure the national compliance for health information protection (Edemekong, 2019).

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