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Patient’s Confidentiality Code

My topic for this assignment will identify the Medical Industry and its ability to privatize the medical information of its patients. The confidentiality clause promises a commitment to keep all medical history private. This is troublesome for the industry itself in many ways. First, not all employees are bonded or qualified to specifically handle social security numbers, personal background checks, unlisted numbers, important diagnosis, previous health issues and current conditions on the medical history. Also medical companies can’t guarantee the employees to be committed to be trust worthy to the patient’s current or past history.

The American Medical Association Code of Ethics states information discloses to a physician during the course of the patient-physician relationship is confidential to the utmost degree.  Unfortunately, all information is documented by outside sources beyond the physician. For example, nurses, front and back office, office managers, insurance companies and any employee within the office. The AMA’s ethical guidelines are not binding by law. The medical industry has an ethical obligation to be on the side of the patients.  Most patients believe their private medical information is safe and unattainable to the hands of their medical center. The signed papers give many patients a false nonfactual belief that the physician is the only person with access to the files. The confidentiality clause itself has created a false sense of security. The Code itself was created to somehow protect the patient and the medical industry from problems that arise when private information is misused or violated. The confidential Code has increased awareness and brought medical privacy or medical confidentiality to the forefront of the industry. Unfortunately...
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