Regulatory bodies and Ethical Frameworks

Regulatory bodies and Ethical Frameworks used to protect Personal Health Information (PHI). Merging Ethics and Information Technology. Analyze ethical and nursing informatics practice standards within the context of healthcare delivery.

Scenario

You have just completed a technology usage assessment of the healthcare staff across departments and it has come to your attention that several nurses occasionally communicate with medical providers through text on their personal cell phones, using their phone’s messaging service. The nurses found that they are able to meet their patient needs more quickly. Your assessment also discovered that a nurse used their personal cell phone to take a picture of a patient’s foot ulcer. The picture was posted on social media as a reminder to diabetics the importance of managing their blood sugars. As the nursing education manager, it is your responsibility to ensure staff are following the hospital polices and your technology assessment has highlighted that the staff is in urgent need of HIPAA training and Smart Phone use.

Instructions

Examine personal Smart Phone use and its implications in Healthcare

Identify and explain a minimum of 3 unethical uses of Smartphones in healthcare (including text messaging and pictures)

Discuss potential benefits to appropriate Smartphone use in healthcare

Examine judicious use of Social Media and its implications in Healthcare

Potential benefits to appropriate use of Social Media in healthcare

Identify a minimum of 3 unethical uses of Social Media  (as reviewed by NCSBN)

Describe regulatory bodies and Ethical Frameworks used to protect Personal Health Information (PHI)

Investigate the role of HIPAA, HITECH, and Nursing Code of Ethics

Present possible legal consequences associated with unethical or illegal Smart Phone and Social Media use.

Regulatory bodies and Ethical Expectations

Clearly stated, detailed description of personal Smart Phone use and its implications in Healthcare, including: explanation on at least 3 unethical uses of Smartphones in healthcare; and discussing benefits to appropriate Smartphone use in healthcare.

Clearly stated, detailed explanation of judicious uses of Social Media and its implications in Healthcare, including: Potential benefits to appropriate use of Social Media in healthcare and Identifying a minimum of 3 unethical uses of Social Media. 

Clearly stated, detailed description of regulatory bodies and Ethical Frameworks used to protect Personal Health Information (PHI), including identifying the role of HIPAA, HITECH, and Nursing Code of Ethics and discussing the legal consequences associated with unethical or illegal Smart Phone and Social Media use.

Formal style reflected throughout the document, including no spelling, grammar, or APA format errors present.

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