HIPAA: Privacy settings for your health records   

Privacy settings – they’re not just for Facebook. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was created in 1996 to help people protect the confidentiality and security of their health care information.  Read on and become a more informed patient.

anonymous asked:

Hey wayfaring, I'm a teenager and wondering if it's okay to disclose to my doctor that I drink and smoke occasionally. Is there any chance that I would get in trouble with the law? Or any chance that my medical records could be accessed by future employers including the govt? Or that my parents would be notified?

Holy Big Brother Batman! Paranoid, are we?

It’s totally okay to share that stuff with your doctor. Teenagers tell me that kind of stuff all the time. Your medical information is private, and you should share it so your doctor can take the best care of you they can. The government doesn’t get your medical records, nor do future employers (not without your permission or a court order, that is). Now if you’re a minor, it’s possible that your parents may be notified if there is concern for your safety. But that’s something you need to talk to your personal doctor about one-on-one first. 

HIPAA Security Reminder – Protecting Sensitive Data is Everyone’s Responsibility

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"You should get your hormones checked."

Every time I hear someone say this, I want to scream.

I have a hormone imbalance, so does that invalidate every feeling I’ve ever had about my asexuality? Absolutely NOT. Being treated for said imbalance has not changed whether I am sexually attracted to people or not. I have felt this way as long as I can remember, even before my hormone problems surfaced. My experience is consistent with research that shows some asexuals treated for hormonal issues report no change in their sexual orientation. All bringing this up does is make me feel awful about myself.

There is no substantial evidence linking asexuality to hormonal imbalances. Hormone problems more likely can be blamed for sexual dysfunctions, which include the sudden loss of interest in sex and decreased libido. So if you weren’t asexual to begin with, and you’ve suddenly lost interest in sex, you may suspect a hormone issue and visit a physician to address the issue. Asexuals, on the other hand, have never experienced sexual attraction to begin with, so they do not “lose” it.

Unless you are a physician, and you’re speaking to your patient about a specific health issue, you should NEVER tell an asexual person to get their hormones checked. Not only are you invalidating their experience and feelings, but you are implying that they might be broken. If an asexual person feels like there is something wrong with them physically, most likely they already will have looked into their health. And frankly, a person’s medical information is between themselves and their health care provider – NOT your business.

There are 3 Acts involved in “Client Rights” that the nurse needs to know. They are as followed:

1- Patient Self Determination Act: Requires that upon admission to the hospital, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies - the patient must be informed that they have the right to accept or refuse medical care.

2- HIPAA: This Act protects personal client information, such as the client’s name, social security number, date of birth, and information about diagnosis and treatment. It also provides that such information ONLY BE SHARED with individuals directly involved in the client’s care, the payment of care, and management of the client’s care.

3- Patients’ Bill of Rights: This is a statement about client’s rights AND responsibilities. It covers the following areas:

- The client has the right to accurate information about his care. And the right to EASILY understand information about his care.

- He has the right to choose healthcare providers that provide HIGH-QUALITY care. So, if he doesn’t feel comfortable with them, he has the right to say no to the care they provide.

- He has the right to emergency services whenever he needs them, regardless if he can or can’t afford to pay for it.

- He has the right to know about treatment options and take part in deciding what’s best for him. Parents, guardians, friends, and significant others can represent the client if he can’t make his own decisions.

- He has the right to talk privately to his healthcare provider and have his health information protected. This also includes the right to read his medical records and make a copy of it.

- He has the responsibility to provide information about medications and past illnesses. 

- He has the right to informed consent.

Quick Note: More on Health Care Data Security

Today’s Quick Note covers a post titled “Health data breaches up 97 percent in 2011” onhealthcareitnews.com. The post, by Diana Manos, tells us that “Health data breaches in the U.S. increased 97 percent in 2011 over the year before, according to a new report by Redspin, a leading provider of IT security assessments.