HIPAA And Electronic Medical Records
To prepare for this Discussions, review this week’s resources including the article by Harman et al. Consider the complexities involving the emerging electronic health record system. Think about how the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules apply to EMRs.
Post an explanation of how the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules apply to EMRs. Then, address the following questions and explain your reasoning:
Can a social worker access any patient’s electronic medical record?
Can a social worker access his or her own electronic medical record?
Can a social worker access the electronic medical record of his/her family members?
Finally, explain the positive and negative ramifications HIPAA might have on medical social work practice in clinical settings with regard to handling EMRs.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format and style.