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Read the Practice Brief Privacy and Security Audits of electronic health information
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On October 14, XXXX a well-known local politician died in your emergency department from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The record was entered in the EHR on the 14th, additional documents scanned on the 15th, and the record was coded on the 16th.
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As part of the normal course of business, the IT department ran an audit trail to see who had accessed the patient’s records. Five employees in the HIM department accessed the record and you are tasked with determining if any of them violated privacy policy.
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(At this facility, records are still hybrid)
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The employees are:
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Northwest-coder
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Easton – coder
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Southward – transcriptionist
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Downey – file clerk
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Upton – file clerk
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Instructions
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Based on the audit trail below, formulate an opinion on whether or not any of these employees may be violated the privacy policy, Support your decision with evidence through your readings and additional resources.
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Audit Trail for MR#655966
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User Date Workstation Application Accessed Action
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N. Northwest
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10/16/XXXX
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Home workstation12
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EHR, encoder, lab, radiology
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R, M, R, R
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S. Southward
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10/15/XXXX
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Home workstation 18
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EHR, transcription system, radiology
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R, M, M
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L. Easton
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10/17/XXXX
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Home workstation 9
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EHR, lab, radiology
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R, R, R
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E. Downey
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10/15/XXXX
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8th floor nurse’s station
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EHR, lab, radiology
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R, R, R
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W. Upton
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10/15/XXXX
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HIM department workstation 3
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EHR, Chart tracking system
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R, M
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R=Read
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M=Modified
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Propose the next steps to take if there was a concern that one or more of the employees violated the privacy policy
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