All right, so let's go ahead and jump right into the material. And anytime I talk about a topic or I'm learning about a topic, the first place I like to start with is why? Why do I care about the topic? What does it mean to me? What benefit does it serve? So we'll start right off by talking about what life was like prior to hip hop
so prior to him. But there really was no defining law, certainly not at the federal level
that mandated how personal information and health information specifically should be protected, whether or not it could be shared if it is shared under what context? Uh, what sort of privacy would affect this information? So it was pretty much a free for all.
And different health care providers would use different mechanisms just based on their own sort of ethical standard in their own commitments to their patients.
But again, there wasn't really a standard framework.
So in the nineties, Senator Ed can a dead candidate, and Nancy Kass a bomb submitted a bill for approval that later became So. This was the Kennedy CASS, a bomb bill that later morphed into what we Today, Noah's HIPPA.
And even though hippo was approved in 1996 it wasn't actually strictly enforced until 2003.
So sometimes we have these laws that are on the books that we may just sort of give, uh, lip service to if you will. But from 2003 Ford, we have a very strong enforcement and audit and regulations revolving around hip. So when we talk about why that's so important,
well, of course, right off the bat hip was important to protect the individual.
The individuals dignity is they seek out med medical care. We would never want anything to stand in the way of an individual seeking medical treatment. So if they are afraid that someone would find out what their treatment is for or you know, whatever circumstance that might affect that patients dignity,
the ideas that HIPPA is gonna help
them protect ensure that that information is protected and it shared on Lee with the resource is that they wanted to be shared with another issue, and this is not on the slides, but it's also to protect the identity
off the patient. And what I mean by that is, if you think about the information that might be on a standard health care for me,
Or if you think about the information that you fill out when you go to the doctor's office, your name your address. Many doctors require that you put a Social Security number, your date of birth. Often there's payment information, and if you look at
all the identifying information that you would submit to a hospital or to a doctor or some other health care organization,
that information is prime material for identity theft. So we also have to be concerned about it not just for the patient's privacy of health care record records, but also for their personally identifiable information
that would lead to an individual to be contacted or perhaps have their identity stolen. So that's very significant as well.
And then another reason that we need HIPPA is we want to benefit society as well. We want to encourage research and research works best when the testing and when the studies were conducted with people,
however, to protect again the dignity of the patients to protect their privacy.
To ensure the confidentiality of the research in the studies, we have to make that very appealing, or at least non prohibitive for people that would submit to this research and testing. So once again, we come back to the idea
that people like to keep their health care information secret, or at least to control how that information is distributed.
So what hip A gives us once again is that insurance that we get to control the information about our health care, a tely, certain aspects that are covered under our health care and that we control how that's distributed.
We also going to get a reasonable assurance that the facilities that also hold their health care information
are required to adhere to certain standards to protect that information.