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Medical Records, Patient Consent, and Information Management

After reviewing the following article, please answer the questions below: PMCID: PMC2374810 Ethics in Public Health Research: Privacy and Public Health at Risk: Public Health Confidentiality in the Digital Age. Meyers, Frieden, Bherwani and Henning. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2374810/

As a public health director in a small county, you must maintain records that track diabetes rates, the incidence of HIV, and immunization records. Recently, there have been at least two breeches when computers were stolen from employees or an outside hacker broke into the system and downloaded data. Now you must write an open letter addressing the community and explain how the department is going to protect the information. I need help in addressing the following questions.

a. Explaining why the health department collects this information conveying the idea of how it serves the greater good. (applying critical thinking)
b. Discussing the public's interest in privacy and why this is important in our society.
c. Discussing why the department needs to infringe on the community's privacy.
d. Explaining how the department might ensure greater security.
e. Identifying at least one applicable regulation, statute, or source that supports the ability of the department to collect this information.
f. Scholarly references (3-4)

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Medical Records, Patient Consent, and Information Management
After reviewing the provide article link below; (PMCID: PMC2374810 Ethics in Public Health Research: Privacy and Public Health at Risk: Public Health Confidentiality in the Digital Age. Meyers, Frieden, Bherwani and Henning. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2374810/)
As a public health director in a small county, you must maintain records that track diabetes rates, the incidence of HIV, and immunization records. Recently, there have been at least two breeches when computers were stolen from employees or an outside hacker broke into the system and downloaded data. Now you must write an open letter addressing the community and explain how the department is going to protect the information. I need help in addressing the following questions.
a. explaining why the health department collects this information conveying the idea of how it serves the greater good. (applying critical thinking)
The health department and other public health agencies collect patient data and compile statistics on certain diseases for many reasons. Data is collected to assist decision makers in allocating resources to meet public health needs. For instance, Diabetes information is collected to help public health officials determine where (which communities) education efforts are needed. Funding for Diabetes support programs, which assist people in learning how to monitor their blood glucose levels and provide nutrition guidance for those suffering from the condition, can only be developed within communities if such health issues are identified as serious health threats. Some communities may need more support in addressing specific health issues than others. Each community, region, or state must determine where funds for particular programs are needed most.
When data is collected for statistical purposes, it is only analyzed in summary format. Individual information is not shared with public health officials. Data is more easily stored and accessed to improve functions within public health services, if ...

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