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Difference Between Privacy and Confidentiality

All tasks performed by Health Information Professionals are governed by laws. These laws can be state or federal. Before we become involved in these specific laws, explain what is meant by law and how laws affect how the HIM professional manages privacy and confidentiality. Please be as specific as possible. Use examples as appropriate

Privacy and Confidentiality:
These two terms are often used interchangeably. What is the difference between privacy and confidentiality? Provide illustrative examples and discuss how these concepts affect the HIM professional and the healthcare clinician.

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A law is a "body of official rules and regulations that are found in the legislation, constitutions, and judicial opinions that govern a society and the control of behavior of its members. Another definition of a law is " a rule laid down for the guidance of an intelligent being by an intelligent being having power over him." In another word, a law is , " A body of rules fixed and enforced by a sovereign political authority."

Law affect how health information professional manages privacy and confidentiality by protecting and governing the confidentiality of health information of patients. The privacy and confidentiality of patient health information has been protected by the federal and state laws and regulations, facility policy, professional standards of practice, and codes of ethics. One such law is HIPAA that establishes requirements for the protection health information that are maintained electronically. In order to comply with federal and ...

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The difference between privacy and confidentiality is somewhat related but not entirely the same. Privacy is associated with "control over the extent, timing, and circumstances of sharing oneself ( physically, behaviorally, or intellectually ) with others. Privacy relates to Person in that an individual may not want to be seen entering a place that may stigmatize them such as pregnancy counseling center. Confidentiality deals with data. Confidentiality refers to the researcher's agreement with participant about how participant's identifiable private information will be handled, managed, and disseminated.

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