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Cummberlands Telecommunications and Network Security and HIPAA Research Paper

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Write a research paper that addresses how telecommunications and network security is leveraged in the compliance with one regulatory standard, such as those that are applicable to health care organizations, educational and financial institutions.

Examples of such standards are:

–Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

–Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

–Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)

–Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

–Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

– Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST)

–Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)

–Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Prepare a report to address all aspects of the assignment. This report should be no less than 10 pages of content. You need to include outside sources and properly cite and reference your sources. You must have at least 10 references, 5 of which must be scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In addition to the 10 pages of content, you will want a title page and a reference sheet. This report needs to be in proper APA format.

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Telecommunications and Network Security and HIPAA
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Telecommunications and Network Security and HIPAA
Technological developments have made operations in the healthcare industry more
efficient. In healthcare, technology helps in the storage of patient records. With electronic health
records, healthcare workers can easily access patient records anytime, anywhere ("How
Information Technology is Improving Healthcare," 2019). Hospitals can also easily share patient
records with other hospitals. For example, if a patient moves to another city and starts attending
another hospital, their new doctor can request the patient’s medical history from the previous
hospital, and they can receive it within a short period with the use of electronic data transfer.
Electronic health records also help in data management. Before it came along, hospitals stored
patient data in files kept on shelves. With this type of storage, data could easily be stolen,
manipulated, or damaged. Other than EHR, technology has helped in medical research. In the
healthcare industry, Evidence-Based Care is the strategy currently used to provide care to patients
("How Information Technology is Improving Healthcare," 2019). This type of care requires the
clinicians to use data gathered from research, the opinion of the patient, and information from
experienced clinicians to make a decision. With medical and nursing journals available online,
healthcare workers can easily find research materials on any issue. Finally, there is wearable
technology that helps patients and their doctors to manage the illness of the patient. For example,
a wearable tech that helps track a diabetic’s blood sugar levels. The patient links the tech to their
phone. When the sugar levels are high or low, the wearable will notify the patient via their phone.
The patient will then do something to get the sugar levels back to the normal levels. Although the
tech advancements have been instrumental in improving the quality of care, they have posed



serious risks to patient data and patient confidentiality, which has violated the HIPAA provisions
concerning patient information.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
The government passed this act in 1996. The aim of this act is to safeguard the sensitive
information on the patient’s condition from getting disclosed without the permission of the patient
("Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information," 2020). Under HIPAA,
there is a privacy rule that specifies the covered entities with the right to access the information of
the patient. The covered entities include healthcare workers, health plans, healthcare
clearinghouses, and business associates. Healthcare workers are all the people working in the
hospital. If the worker is working on the case of that patient in any capacity, they have the right to
access that information. Health plans are the entities that pay for the medical bills of the patient.
These entities need the information on the patient's condition so they can help in paying partial or
the patient’s entire bill. Hospital clearinghouses are the entities that process information received
from other entities from non-standard to standard information (, 2019). These entities only
receive the information on the patient when they are providing the services to any of the other
covered entities. Finally, business associates are entities receiving information from other entities
to perform a certain activity or function for the covered entity. Such functions, including billing.
The HIPAA privacy rule also has information on when the covered entities should disclose
or use the patient data. They can disclose the information to the patient when the patient needs it.
They should also disclose the information for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations
(Rouse, 2017). The covered entities should also disclose it for public interest and other beneficial
activities. There are twelve incidents under public interest and other beneficial activities, for which



the covered should disclose the information. For example, they should disclose when required by
the law, for public health activities, when the patient is a victim of neglect, abuse, or domestic
abuse, and for health oversight activities. Other times they should disclose it includes during
administrative and judicial proceedings when required by law enforcement, functions that concern
the patient if they die, when the patient is donating tissues, an eye, or cadaveric organ (,
2019). Finally, covered entities should disclose the information when researchers need it for
research purposes, but it should be under certain conditions, for essential government functions,
compensation of workers, and when needed to prevent or lessen serious threats to health and
Other times, a patient is unable to make medical decisions for themselves, so they often
appoint a personal representative to make those decisions for them. Such individuals have the right
to access the information of the patient. They are often required by the law to make a request; it
then gets reviewed to ensure that this individual is the same one appointed by the patient to make
their medical decisions. Sometimes, the covered entity to whom the personal representative is
making the request may require the request to be ...

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