1. Who may access confidential information?
2. Who is our privacy officer? Who is our information security officer?
3. Who is responsible for maintaining a secure environment and patient privacy?
4. We know that diagnoses and test results are confidential. What other information about a patient is confidential? What about billing records?
1. Only those people who need access for business reasons and who have been authorized to receive it.
2. Sheila Wrobel is the Privacy Officer. Sharon Welna is the Information Security Officer.
3. Each one of us.
4. Essentially any information that is patient-identifiable, even the patient's address, is confidential and must be protected. Also, removal of the patient's name does not mean that the patient's identity is protected; other information such as a medical record number, prescription number, a ZIP code, or a date of birth could still be used to identify the person.
If you're a manager, please ensure all of your employees are informed of the contents of these messages and how it applies to your work area. Some ways of sharing the information include discussions during staff meetings, printing and posting this message or asking your employees if they have any further questions.