AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted guidelines for any breach of patients’ electronic medical records and passed policies recognizing breast cancer in men and the dangers of hormone use in anti-aging procedures on June 15 at their annual meeting held from June 13 to 17 in Chicago.

To protect patients’ privacy and security, the AMA adopted four guiding principles for physicians to follow if a patient’s electronic medical record is breached. According to these guidelines, if a record is breached, a physician should make sure the patient is properly informed of the breach; follow the ethically appropriate procedures for disclosure; ensure that the interests of the patient are placed above those of the physician, institution and medical practice; and, if possible, give the patient information to enable him or her to diminish adverse consequences.

Source: Modern Medicine

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