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Honor: The majority of encounters with patients do not involve things of which privacy is critical. Privacy enters when the issue is drug habits, sexual habits, criminal behavior and mental disorder. Significant legislation limits the passage of such information and patient permission is almost always required. The limits are legal allowances such as public health matters, and insurance inquiries. ...Read more
Time Factors: Sorry you are experiencing this. Many emergency rooms understand this is a problem and attempt to have private rooms, but even our department occasionally uses hall beds. We understand it is a privacy issue- but with overcrowding we would rather treat you in a less private area than leave you in the waiting room. ...Read more
Is there any way to receive free counseling without going through health insurance? What if you aren't covered or just want privacy? Please help me.
Do u think with all medical records becoming digital by 2015, hackers will be able to get peoples confidential records and privacy will be a big issue?
Privacy: Health care privacy will continue to be a "big issue, " especially with continued push for more electronic record-keeping. I suspect hackers, too, will be a constant threat to healthcare information. ...Read more
Same thing: Hipaa (health information portability & accountability act) is the name of the us federal law controlling the confidentiality of medical records. The basic idea is that your med records are yours, so you have the right to say who can & can't see them, but the law also makes it easier for all of the doctors who are treating you to share information appropriately so things don't get missed. ...Read more
Privacy: there should be concern for everyone's privacy no matter what gender you are. There should be personal privacy concerning examinations and privacy of your medical information. There are specific laws concerning privacy of information called HIPPA. If you have concerns about your privacy you should contact the hospital administration. ...Read more
This is with reference to Doctors who take history of a patient to diagnose a disease.I am not comfortable due to privacy.Could you please guide me.
Trust your doctor : The doctor has to ask questions to help the patient with proper diagnosis if you do not trust your doctor with this information then you need ware a doctor that you can trust The doctors are sworn to secrecy and they take patient privileges information to the grave not even a judge can make a doctor brake that trust doctor patient privileges information are protected by the law ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I go to MD in smaller practice with paper records or large practice with EMR?Worry about safety and privacy of large practices?EMR truly safe
EMR: There are many different safeguards in place for handling of electronic medical records. Frankly, I would base my decision on where you are the most pleased with the quality of medical care that you are receiving. Take care. ...Read more
Please answer! what safeguards are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients 'rights to privacy are not violated?
How much does it cost to get Nexplanon from Planned Parenthood in California? I have insurance but will not use it at PP because of privacy issues.
I am 33 years old and want privacy when i go to the bathroom so i lock the door, but my parents want me to keep the doors unlocked, what should I do?
Using this site: To get the most from this site you need to provide basic background on your issue and ask a clear related question. Just raising an issue, with no clear question or background does not work.The physicians on this platform donate their time to answer questions. Any fees on wordy posts support the site. You are welcome to start over. ...Read more
What precautions are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients' rights to privacy are not violated?
Violations very rare: There are strong laws to prevent inappropriate disclosure of HIV status (or other medical information), including the Privacy Rule of the fedeeral Heaith Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/ All states also have their own laws, and the fines are very high, often $5,000 or more. Violations almost never happen. Contact the health dept for local details. ...Read more
I once held in emotion/tears for three days straight due to no privacy. Only time didn't was whilst sleeping. Can this cause cancer?
When i was a kid, my father often hit me, swore at/threatened me, told me i was a "mistake", allowed me no privacy, etc. Is this child abuse? I'm sad.
Child abuse: Yes, what you describe is typical of childhood abuse -- and i'm sorry this happened to you. Please know that your father's point of view was skewed, as no one on the planet is a "mistake." many abusive parents were themselves abused as children, leaving them poorly equipped as parents. Your sadness is natural. Psychotherapy can help you recover though, even though you cannot change the past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are privacy do's and dont's when doing an interview with a clinical psychology graduate? Do they have hipaa like md?
Yes: Psychologists, like other health professionals, are covered under hippa. They should abide by the privacy rules and inform clients of their rights. On a state by state basis, sometimes the rules of the state may be even more strict. For example, in ca a release must be given by the client even for billing purposes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I don't know doctor etiquette and i want to respect their privacy and life. I was given my doctor's cell phone. Is it okay to text once a day? Ideas?
What are the privacy protections when seeing a pyschiatrist/psychologist? I would want dx, prescription if any only divulged at most, no notes, details.
Officially protected: In the doctor-patient relationship, the private information is officially protected by laws. But the world is far from perfect, so we see stories in the news of confidential information (usually financial rather than medical) being stolen, purposely put on the web, accidentally posted online, etc... As we have witnessed in the past 20 years, privacy is a different ball game in this digital era. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer