Laws for Health Information Systems


Laws for Health Information Systems

Prior to beginning this discussion, read Chapters 9 through 11 from the Wager, Lee, & Glaser (2017) text.

From a health information system perspective, there are federal laws relative to information management, data authentication, health exchange, standards, and end user needs. Additionally, organizations can choose to become accredited or certified. Accrediting organizations endorse, facilitate, and provide standards to protect patient health information. Meanwhile, laws are in place to ensure the safety and security of patient health information. The standards of patient’s health information safety and security within organizations are clearly outlined and widely adopted by all legitimate health care organizations.

Participate in one of the following discussion subtopics as directed by your instructor on or before Day 3 of the week in a 300-word initial post:

  • Justify two information management standards from the list below as outlined by The Joint Commission. You are required to expand upon the Elements of Performance.
    • The hospital plans for managing information.
    • The hospital plans for continuity of its information management process.
    • The hospital protects the privacy of health information.
    • The hospital maintains the security and integrity of health information.
    • The hospital effectively manages the collection of health information.
    • The hospital retrieves, disseminates, and transmits health information in useful formats.
    • Knowledge-based information resources are available, current, and authoritative.
      • Note: The Joint Commission Manual is available in the Ashford Library. Once in the Joint Commission E-dition, the information management (IM) section can be found under the “Accreditation Requirements” heading.
    • Evaluate the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) impact on health information systems.
    • Explain the role of standards development organizations (SDOs) in creating, maintaining, and adopting standards relating to health information.
    • Compare and contrast the HITECH Act and HIPAA laws in their efforts to ensure patient security.

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