HIPAA- in expanded form is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which was enacted by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996 .It ensures that Medical information remains protected and is a right of every patient .It is also the duty of the treating Medical Organization to cooperate in the best possible manner .
When we start the medical practice , as physicians , we have to do HIPAA training .Its a part of standard care .We have to update it every year as a part of oraganizational CME. Failing to maintain HIPAA standards has dire consequences .
As per HIPAA – we can’t discuss patient details where other people have easy hearing access to it .We cannot let the computer on in the work area when we are not working on it . We cannot let the forms be placed face up in the public area and so on and so forth
But surprisingly as we reach higher echelon in public offices – all HIPAA goes out of the window .Every shred of your body is a public property . The whole world discusses your health prognosis , correctly or incorrectly .
The recent uproar about Secretary Clinton’s pneumonia was unfortunate .When we do not trust presidential nominees, whether they are physically or mentally healthy enough to carry out their jobs , how can you trust them with decisions , which are in the best possible interest for the country and the whole world ?
Well , that’s the way we are .