Module 4: Confidential/HIPAA
Upon completion of this module, the resident should be able to:
- Describe the history and current status of the physician's duty to protect patient confidentiality.
- Describe and utilize the ethical rationales for the physician's duty to protect patient confidentiality.
- Identify the grounds for justifiable, ethically valid breaches of patient confidentiality.
- Describe the requirements imposed on physicians by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
A provocative article on the presentation of confidentiality issues on ER can be found at http://www.bioethics.net/articles.php?viewCat=7&articleId=133
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has a comprehensive biography on confidentiality in health care at http://www.epic.org/privacy/medical/gellman.html
A good, brief summary of the confidentiality and privacy issues in health care can be found at http://www.uky.edu/Classes/PHI/305.002/conf.htm
The issue of adolescents, privacy and confidentiality is explored at http://www.theage.com.au/news/general/mind-your-own-medicine/2004/06/12/1086749940114.html
The Park Ridge Center for Health, Faith and Ethics is a good source of information on a range of topics in medical ethics, including the role of physicians as stewards of health information. See http://www.parkridgecenter.org/ethics_june03.html
The “myth of confidentiality” is exposed and explored at http://www.academyprojects.org/lerobe1.htm
The federal Agency for Health Research and Quality offers a comprehensive bibliography of resources on confidentiality at http://www.ahrq.gov/news/ulp/hcbiblio.htm
The various ways in which confidentiality can be breached in health care are explored at http://www.leaonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1207/S15327027HC1602_6?cookieSet=1