: Why do you think it is important for healthcare professionals to learn about patient privacy laws and regulations?

Part I: Introduce yourself to your classmates with your name, location, current employment, and future goals.

Part II: Why do you think it is important for healthcare professionals to learn about patient privacy laws and regulations?

As you respond to your classmates, provide an example of a healthcare position and its responsibility in protecting a patient’s medical records.

Please include the name of the person or question to which you are replying in the subject line. For example, “Tom’s response to Susan’s comment.”
ALSO PLEASE REPLY TO ANOTHER STUDENTS COMMENT BELOW

Joshua:

Hello, My name is Joshua Worth, I am entering my last term at CSU today! Currently I am the Chief of an EMS service outside of Pittsburgh, PA. As I finish up my degree I am applying to some master programs and hope to continue to further my career.  I live in Pittsburgh with my Wife and two children. I have been in the field of EMS for the last 12 years.

Health care privacy is an interesting topic which I think presents many challenges for both providers and public health officials. However I think they are vital in protecting citizens from government intrusion into their health care. Its obvious that all levels of health care from top administration to the lowest level of the hierarchy. In my opinion the lower level providers need to have the more in depth understanding of the laws because they handle much more of the protected information. The administrators in large entities are less likely to handle and deal with HIPPA and HITECH information due to the nature of their jobs. At least once you reach large corporate entities.

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