Debate on the pros and cons of this and other proposals has quickly gathered pace. By drawing on information related to similar proposals introduced in the United Kingdom UK in Junethis Background Note outlines the types of communications data generated by use of the Internet, email and phones, why law enforcement agencies want it retained, and what existing access law enforcement agencies have to such data. In this context, it also explores the reasons for the proposals, outlines some of the concerns and touches on some of the challenges involved. However, it does not specifically examine the arguments for and against a data retention scheme, or the growing debate over its privacy implications.
The information should be complete and timely for its intended purpose.
While this sounds straightforward, often it is not an easy task in the complex medical and legal environment in which the healthcare community operates. Release of information ROI in healthcare is critical to the quality of the continuity of care provided to the patient.
It also plays an important role in billing, reporting, research, and other functions. Many laws and regulations govern how, when, what, and to whom protected health information is released. The HIPAA privacy rule contains specific requirements for the management of health information to ensure confidentiality of the individual; the rule attempts to balance the need for prompt and informed delivery of healthcare services with that of protecting the individual.
Confusion occurs when state laws are mixed into the process. There is no standard, uniform state privacy law in use by all 50 states and the territories.
State laws also vary in focus e. Some states require that additional patient authorization be obtained prior to release, some states do not. This variation in law requires that healthcare organizations develop, implement, and maintain thorough policies, processes, and procedures around ROI.
It is the overall management of those HIM processes that is fundamental to confidentiality, security, and compliance in releasing protected health information. This practice brief discusses key management principles within HIM for the release of information in areas of quality control, productivity management, turnaround times, and backlog management.
Quality Control Practices Quality control practices should be comprehensive enough to cover the release of information for any purpose. General practices should include the prioritization of any request upon receipt.
An effective process incorporates continuity of care releases within the general policy. Whether the release is for continuity of care or a noncare-related purpose, quality control practices should address: Tracking and monitoring the request from receipt through final disposition Processing the request in terms of priority as well as efficiency Completion of the request These functions should be defined in departmental or organizational policies and should include compliance with all state and federal regulations that may apply to disclosure of health information.
The quality control approaches below are suggested critical actions that can be audited concurrently with the process flow or retrospectively over a period of time. New employees may require concurrent monitoring, while retrospective audit may provide information on training needs.
An audit may be performed on a random sample of requests to determine if critical processes described below were performed.
Monitoring Receipt of the Request Organizations can monitor the receipt of a request for information to determine if staff performed at a minimum the following actions: Recorded the date and time the request was received Identified the date and time the requested information was needed Identified to whom the information was to be sent Confirmed that the request included a valid authorization Additional activities that assist in monitoring request receipt include: Date and time of receipt is stamped or written directly on the request and recorded in a log so the request can be tracked from its entry into the work queue to its exit as a completed process The minimum tracking data were entered appropriately; for example: Release of information software is designed to facilitate tracking requests through their lifecycle.
The software can aid management in monitoring staff performance, turnaround times by type of request, and other measures. The tracking log referred to here is for management of the business process, not the accounting of disclosures function of HIPAA. Logs may also be created using simple database or spreadsheet programs.
Electronic systems provide the ability to analyze data easily for monitoring purposes; for example, they can calculate turnaround time by subtracting the date of receipt from the date of actual completion.
Manual logs are appropriate in facilities that have minimal release of information activity. If manual logs are used, dividers assist in finding the request when updating its status.
Dividers may be arranged alphabetically by patient last name or by the day of the month the request was received.
Both arrangements have advantages and limitations. A name is easier to find in an alphabetic listing, but it takes more time to enter and aging requests are more difficult to identify. When organized by the day of the month received, all requests are entered sequentially on that one day.
The day of receipt can be marked on the actual request as a quick reference point back to the day for updating the status of the request.In June , the UK Cameron Government introduced the Draft Communications Data Bill to establish ‘an updated framework for the collection and retention of communications data by communication service providers to ensure communications data remains available to law enforcement and other authorised public authorities’.
Where a data controller considers it essential to store personal data on a portable device, these devices should be encrypted.
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The minimum tracking data were entered appropriately; for example: patient name, medical record number, date of birth, date and time of receipt, name of requestor, due date, date and time of actual completion, method of transmission, and name of employee completing request.