Confidentiality in Today’s Healthcare Setting
Confidentiality means that the information is not available to the public because it is commercially or industrially sensitive or concerns matters of national security. Patient’s expect for any information discovered, collected, or obtained during the visit is kept confidentiality. Today, people trust two people the most their lawyer and their doctor. The lawyer holds confidentiality the same as a doctor does. A patient can be open and honest with their doctor because they are sure it’s confidential what they discuss with him or her. Maintaining confidentiality is an important aspect of professional behavior.
Today’s healthcare setting differs a lot from the baby boomers healthcare setting. I’m sure then you could call to the hospital and ask if a friend or family member has gotten over there sickness they’re in the hospital for, or if a doctor’s neighbor ask about another neighbors condition he’s treating. In the healthcare setting today both of these situations would be punishable by law. People are very sensitive about their information and expect for professionals to be as sensitive if not more. A doctor may even take precautions with the information the office staff handles too. Depending on your position in the office only certain information may be available to you. The first thing you do when you obtain a job in a healthcare setting is sign a Confidentiality agreement before you do any work at all.
No matter where you go or what you go for in a healthcare setting, the last thing you want violated is your privacy. Doctor’s, facilities, and hospitals are going through extreme measures today to keep patient’s information guided and concealed from unauthorized persons. Not only does the confidentiality protect you but it protects the healthcare provider from being sued. There are several state and federal statutes that protect the confidentiality of medical information. In order...