One of the nurses who treated the first patient to die of Ebola in the US is suing the hospital where she worked, alleging they violated her privacy. Her attorney told press that the hospital used her as a “PR pawn,” despite her requests for her information to be kept private.
The emergence of Ebola in the US brought unexpected challenges in privacy and information governance.
Federal health privacy officials have issued new guidance on managing patient privacy rights in the middle of public health crises such as the emergence of Ebola in the US.
Tune in to this monthly online coding column from Melanie Endicott to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for ICD-10-CM/PCS. This month focuses on the need for greater specificity in coding Ebola and Enterovirus D68.
Panic and paranoia are prevailing in the current US healthcare climate as deadly diseases like Ebola and tuberculosis command public attention. Health IT monitoring may give healthcare providers a new advantage in identifying, tracking, and controlling infections and outbreaks.