With the development of the health care industry in the past century, largely affected by the significant changes in medical technology (for example: the electronic health record), the growth of government participation in health care, and the greater scrutiny on claims and patient records by third-party payers, the amount and type of available patient-specific health information has greatly expanded. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect and control the use of protected health information (PHI). As a healthcare professional, it is your responsibility to ensure that patient confidentiality and privacy are protected at all times.


Discuss the Health Information professional’s role in privacy and security of the medical record. Some ideas to include would be protecting PHI (protected health information) from: unauthorized users, accidental disclosure, unauthorized employees, etc. You may want to discuss the HIM professional’s role in ensuring the data integrity of the medical record.


Each paper should be typed and should be 3-4 (full) pages long, not counting your reference page (required) or title page (if you include one). Use a 10 – 12 point font and double space with 1″ margins. If you use direct quotes, you must use footnotes or parenthetical citations. You may simply put the author’s name (i.e. McWay)