Maintaining Patient Privacy and Security
The Gulf Coast town has just experienced a category five hurricane, major damage has been sustained by all areas of the town. Destruction in buildings ranged from demolition of whole buildings, roof tops blown away and flooding. The town’s major health care facility, County Town Hospital and Clinic (CHTC), is still standing but the basement which maintains patient medical records is flooded and patient medical records have been destroyed or washed away by the receding water. After Hurricane Katrina many lessons were learned and new policies were implemented at CHTC. The purpose of this paper is to respond to the aftermath of a natural disaster. How CHTC responds to the patients privacy and security issues. Describe what training has been provided to CHTC staff to prepare for disasters and how the natural disaster management plan is implemented within the medical records department? The writer will also will provide CHTC’s Code of Conduct as it applies during a natural disaster.
Responding to the situation
After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, CHTC vowed to create policies and procedures to address patient privacy and security issues pertaining to patient health records. “An unexpected loss of patient health records could be devastating to the patient, organization, and clinical care provider. Therefore, the health record must be guarded against unexpected losses due to a natural disaster” (AHIMA, 2010) . CHTC goal is to provide patients access to their medical care records 24 hours a day and to experience no interruption after a natural disaster.
Responding to President Obama signing of “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama also signed “ the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act” (Health Care, 2012). “The law is designed to encourage the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) to lower costs and improve the...