Privacy at the Crossroads
Increased interoperability, portability, and connectivity of health information presents opportunities to improve patient care, as well as challenges to safeguarding individuals’ privacy and the security of protected health information. In response, AHIMA aims to equip health information professionals with the necessary resources to adapt to new realities, modernize standards and regulations, and empower them to provide evidence-based expertise to professionals in every domain of the healthcare ecosystem.
Table of Contents
- Column: “Privacy’s New Normal” by Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE
- Column: “Introducing Privacy at the Crossroads” by Robyn Stambaugh, MS, RHIA
- News: “AHIMA Focuses on Privacy During the Month of August” by Matt Schlossberg
- Feature: “Privacy on the Global Stage” by Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS; Andrew Rodriguez, CHPS, MSHI, HCISPP, C; Chris Apgar, CISSP, C|CISO; and Julia Huddleston, CIPP/US, CIPM, CCSFP
- Feature: “Privacy in a Pandemic” by Mary Butler
- Feature: “Patient Matching in the Era of COVID-19” by Dan Cidon
- Feature: “Better Together” by A. Andrews Dean, CPHIMS, CHDA, CPHI, CPPM, CPC
- Feature: “Why Hospitals Need to Rethink Privacy and Information Security Models” by Judi Hofman, BCRT, CHPS, CHP, CHSS
Introduction and Columns
Patient Matching in the Era of COVID-19: Maintaining Control Over Patient Privacy and Data Governance
COVID-19 is changing nearly everything about the way healthcare organizations operate. From telehealth visits and elective surgeries to staffing strategies and sanitation protocols, hospitals and health systems are being forced to re-examine the very basics of how they deliver care in order to protect staff and patients from a highly contagious disease.
It’s no longer enough to just be compliant with HIPAA. With the added pressures of today’s health industry climate, it is time to rethink the traditional HIPAA privacy and information security model.