You are the director of health information services at a medium-size healthcare facility providing general, emergency, and pediatric care. Because of downsizing and consolidation of managerial functions, you are also responsible for staff education in your facility.
Discuss how you would structure and present an in-service program to staff members of various departments that addresses confidentiality policies and procedures of your facility and the legal bases underlying these policies and procedures.
Make sure your response takes into account the HIPAA privacy rights of patients and the security rule guidelines and practices with which other healthcare facilities must comply.
What are some unique threats to privacy and confidentiality encountered in the specialties mentioned above?
How could specific changes in current policy and procedure, especially in the specialties mentioned, better ensure confidentiality remains unbroken?