Nursing role & scope – week 11 – informatics in professional nursing
As a nurse, my role in protecting patient healthcare information is to act as an advocate for the security and privacy of their data. This includes following all protocols related to secure storage and access of records as well as being aware of any potential risks associated with sharing confidential information (e.g., disclosing medical history over the phone or via email). Furthermore, I must ensure that any disclosures or authorizations are handled in accordance with relevant laws such as HIPAA while also adhering to ethical standards set forth by professional organizations (e.g., American Nurses Association Code of Ethics). Additionally, I should be familiar with common cyber threats and ways they can be avoided such using strong passwords and two-factor authentication when accessing electronic systems.
My role also involves educating patients on the importance of protecting their own health data. For instance, if a patient calls asking for copies of their medical records it is important to discuss any potential risks associated with having these documents in possession and provide advice about how best keep them safe & sound (e.g., password-protected online storage). Finally, part of my responsibility is reporting any violations or suspicious activity related to confidentiality so that appropriate action can be taken in order preserve patient’s rights and ensure they receive quality care at all times.