HIT 109 RESEARCH PROJECT
From your study, you know that confidentiality
is an extremely
important topic in health care today. There are legal and ethical
ramifications which are almost as important as saving
people’s lives and restoring them to health.
Go to http://lessons.educationdirect.com/pdf/sp0754.pdf
and read the instructions for research projects.
Then, go to the American Medical Association’s Web site at
http://www.ama-assn.org/ and use the search button in
the upper right to look for ethical opinions on computer
. (Hint: Ethical opinion articles on the AMA
Web site are identified by the letter E at the beginning of
Based upon what you find, answer the following eight
questions and explain your answers:
1. Should corrections be date- and time-stamped?
2. When should the patient be advised of the existence of
computerized databases containing medical information
about the patient?
3. When should the patient be notified of purging of
archaic or inaccurate information?
4. When should the computerized medical database be
online to the computer terminal?
5. When the computer service bureau destroys or erases
records, should the erasure be verified by the bureau
to the physician?
6. Should individuals and organizations with access to the
databases be identified to the patient?
7. Does the AMA ethics opinion mention encryption as a
technique for security?
8. What does the ethics opinion say about disclosure by
recipients of authorized data to third parties?
This project is designed to expose you to some real-world
discussion on this topic as documented by the American
Medical Association and to give you an opportunity to
demonstrate your written communication and research skills.
1. Type your submission, double-spaced, in a standard
print font, size 12. Use a standard document format
with 1-inch margins. (Do not use any fancy or
2. Include the following information at the top of your paper:
a. Name and complete mailing address
b. Student number
c. Course title and number (Confidentiality
Health Information, HIT 109)
d. Research project number (40903400)
3. Read the assignment carefully and answer each question.
Use proper citation in either APA or MLA style.
4. Be specific. Limit your submission to the questions asked
and issues mentioned.
5. Include a reference page in either APA or MLA style.
On this page, list Web sites, journals, and all other
references used in preparing the submission.
6. Proofread your work carefully. Check for correct spelling,
grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.
Each question in this project is worth 10 percent of the total
grade. The eight questions will be evaluated according to the
Content of questions 1–8 (10 points each) 80 percent
Written communication 10 percent
Format 10 percent
Here’s a brief explanation of each of these points.
? Provides clear answers to the assigned questions
? Addresses the questions in complete sentences, not
just simple yes or no statements
? Supports his or her opinion by citing specific
information from the assigned Web sites and
any other references using correct APA or MLA
guidelines for citations and references
? Stays focused on the assigned issues
? Writes in his or her own words and uses quotation
marks to indicate direct quotations
? Answers each question in a complete paragraph that
includes an introductory sentence, at least four sentences
of explanation, and a concluding sentence
? Uses correct grammar, spelling, punctuation,
and sentence structure
? Provides clear organization (for example, uses words like
first, however, on the other hand, and so on, consequently,
since, next, and when)
? Makes sure the paper contains no typographical errors
The paper is double-spaced and typed in font size 12. It
includes the student’s
? Name and complete mailing address
? Student number
? Course title and number
of Health Information, HIT 109)
? Research project number (40903400)
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