. Explain the concept of e-Discovery and discuss the role of health information management professionals in the e-Discovery process.
1. Discuss the purposes for which the health record is maintained within a healthcare organization.
2. Explain the concept of e-Discovery and discuss the role of health information management professionals in the e-Discovery process.
3. The corporate director of risk management is asked to review a patient’s health record in preparation for a legal proceeding for a malpractice case. The lawsuit was brought by the patient 72 days after the procedure. Health information contains a summary of two procedures that were dictated 95 days after the procedure. The physician in question has a longstanding history of being non-compliant with the organization’s record completion policies, and previous concerns regarding this physician’s record maintenance practices had been reported to the organization’s Credentialing Committee.
Explain why this health information may not be admissible in court.
What judgment, if any, regarding negligence could be made against the organization?
4. Every one of us, whether we have been a victim of medical identity theft or are trying to prevent it from occurring, should take specific steps to either correct or avoid it. The World Privacy Forum is a leading expert on medical identity theft. Use the World Privacy Forum website (worldprivacyforum.org) to review “Consumer Tips: Medical Identity Theft – What to do if You are a Victim (or are concerned about it).” What steps does the World Privacy Forum advise individuals that they should take to respond to or prevent the theft of their own medical information?
5. One of the most hotly contested “right-to-die” cases involving the lack of an advance directive was that of Terri Schiavo, a disabled Florida woman who was in a persistent vegetative state and received nutrition and hydration through a feeding tube. On March 31, 2005, following years of legal battles involving her husband (who supported the removal of the feeding tube) vs. her parents and siblings (who supported the continued use of the feeding tube), Schiavo passed away after her feeding tube had been removed 13 days earlier. You may need to research this case if it is not familiar to you.
What are the differences between a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions?
Terri Schiavo had neither a Living Will nor a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions. Do you think that one of these documents vs. the other would have been more effective to clarify her wishes? To minimize the dissension between her husband and her blood relatives?