Health Law and Risk Management

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Health Information Management
207 Health Law and Risk Management
Assignment # 2

Total:
Value:
27 Marks
15%

Instructions:
In this assignment, you will apply what you’ve learned about privacy, confidentiality, security, and
general knowledge on patient information to a real-life situation related to COVID-19.
The suggested length of the paper is 1,000 to 2,000 words excluding title page, references, and
any appendices.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased use of virtual care. Virtual care can
be used to screen patients who are worried or ill, care for patients who are isolating due to
suspected cases of COVID-19, and to allow physicians to care for patients in their practice while
decreasing potential exposure to those who may be ill. Healthcare providers may be working
from their home rather than their normal environment.
During screening, Electronic Medical Record tools may be used to assess a patient’s level of
illness through templated forms, triage for care or screening via questionnaires, or direct
patients to maintain self-care, visit the office or go to an acute care facility. For those who are
suspected of having COVID-19, virtual communication and monitoring of symptoms can be
maintained, and patients assessed virtually if their condition worsens. For regular care of
patients, virtual tools can avoid unnecessary trips to the office, can aid in managing chronic
disease, and allow for management of other acute illness that may not require a physical exam.
There are many virtual tools in use to facilitate these approaches. There may be direct-to-patient
phone calls, use of telemedicine, and video calling platforms. Electronic communication, such as
email may also be used where it traditionally has not.
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In this assignment, you will apply what you have learned about privacy and confidentiality, the
legal health record, and handling of electronic communications to critically analyze the situation
under COVID-19 and discuss all of the following:
Identify what you consider to be the risks to privacy and confidentiality in the healthcare
environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use evidence and apply your understanding
of health law to discuss the implications these risks.
Discuss the recommendations you would make to support healthcare staff who may be
working from home to ensure that privacy, confidentiality, and security are maintained.
Evidence and best practices will be used to support the recommendations.
Discuss the recommendations you would make to patients who may be making use of
virtual care to reduce the risk of exposure of health information. Evidence and best
practices will be used to support the recommendations.
Discuss what modifications or additions you would make to consent procedures to
accommodate virtual care and electronic communication. Or, if you don’t feel that any
changes would be required to consent procedures, explain why not. Refer to federal
and/or jurisdictional legislation to support your position.
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Review the grading rubric provided below for further details of the requirements of the paper and
how marks will be assigned.

Criteria Exceeds
Expectations (3)
Meets
Expectations (2)
Does Not Meet
Expectations (1)
No Evidence (0)
Introduction Introduction is
engaging, states
the main topic
and previews the
structure of the
paper.
The introduction
states the main
topic and
previews the
structure of the
paper.
The introduction
states the main
topic but does not
adequately
preview the
structure of the
paper.
There is no clear
introduction or
main topic and/or
the structure of
the paper is
missing.
Identifies &
discusses
implications and
risks to privacy &
confidentiality
(weighting two
times [2X] that of
the other criteria)
The author
identifies risks to
privacy &
confidentiality
during the
pandemic.
Provides
commentary on
the implications
of these risks,
showing evidence
of both research
and
understanding of
privacy &
confidentiality
law.
The author
identifies risks to
privacy &
confidentiality
during the
pandemic.
Provides
commentary on
the implications
of these risks but
may not fully
show evidence of
both research
and
understanding of
privacy &
confidentiality
law.
The author
identifies risks to
privacy &
confidentiality
during the
pandemic. Does
not provide
commentary on
the implications
of these risks.
The author does
not identify risks
to privacy &
confidentiality
during the
pandemic.
Discusses
recommendations
to support staff
working from
home
The author
identifies and
discusses
recommendations
to support staff
working from
home that will
promote
increased privacy,
confidentiality,
The author
identifies and
discusses
recommendations
to support staff
working from
home that will
promote
increased privacy,
confidentiality,
The author
identifies and
discusses
recommendations
to support staff
working from
home. May not
cover all of
privacy,
confidentiality,
Little or no
recommendations
to support staff
working from
home to promote
increased privacy,
confidentiality,
and security.

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Criteria Exceeds
Expectations (3)
Meets
Expectations (2)
Does Not Meet
Expectations (1)
No Evidence (0)
and security,
showing evidence
of research
and/or use of best
practices.
and security, but
may not show
evidence of
research and/or
use of best
practices.
and security. May
not show
evidence of
research and/or
best practices.
Discuss
recommendations
to patients
The author
identifies and
discusses
recommendations
to patients to
minimize risk of
exposure of
health
information
showing evidence
of research
and/or use of best
practices.
The author
identifies and
discusses
recommendations
to patients to
minimize risk of
exposure of
health
information but
may not show
evidence of
research and/or
use of best
practices.
The author
identifies
recommendations
to patients to
minimize risk of
exposure of
health
information. May
not show
evidence of
research and/or
best practices.
Little or no
recommendations
to patients to
minimize risk of
exposure of
health
information.
Discuss changes
to consent
procedures
The author
identifies and
discusses
changes to
consent
procedures to
accommodate
virtual care. Or, if
the author feels
no changes are
needed, an
explanation of
why is provided.
Federal and/or
jurisdiction
legislation is used
The author
identifies and
discusses
changes to
consent
procedures to
accommodate
virtual care. Or, if
the author feels
no changes are
needed, this is
identified.
Federal and/or
jurisdictional
legislation to
support the
position is
The author
identifies but
does not discuss
changes to
consent
procedures to
accommodate
virtual care. Or, if
the author feels
no changes are
needed, no
explanation of
why is provided.
Federal and/or
jurisdiction
legislation is not
present.
Little or no
identification or
discussion of
changes to
consent
procedures.

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Criteria Exceeds
Expectations (3)
Meets
Expectations (2)
Does Not Meet
Expectations (1)
No Evidence (0)
to support
position.
present but not
correct.
Conclusion The concluding
paragraph
effectively unifies
the paper around
the subjects and
the point(s) used.
It contains an
engaging and
interesting point
about the subject.
The concluding
paragraph unifies
the paper around
the subjects and
the point(s) used
for comparison
and contrast, but
it is not very
engaging or
interesting.
The concluding
paragraph makes
a point about the
subjects for
comparison and
contrast, but it
does not unify or
‘wrap-up’ the
paper effectively.
There is no
conclusion
evident in the
paper, or the
conclusion does
not relate to the
remainder of the
paper.
Grammar,
spelling,
formatting
The writing is free
or almost free of
errors.
The document is
formatted in a
professional
manner (i.e. uses
recognized
formatting such
as APA)
There are
occasional errors,
but they do not
represent a
significant
distraction or
obscure meaning.
The document
has a structured
appearance in its
format. It is
visually
appealing, and
the format aids
the reader in
moving through
the document.
The writing has
many errors, and
they distract the
reader.
The document
has a random
structure. Little
evidence of an
effort to produce
a visually
appealing
document.
There are so
many errors that
the meaning is
obscured. The
reader is
confused and
stops reading.
There is no
evidence of an
effort to
producing a
visually appealing
document.
Referencing &
citations
Compelling
evidence from
identified
legitimate
sources is given
to support claims.
Attribution is
clear and fairly
represented.
Legitimate
sources that
support claims
are generally
present, and
attribution is, for
the most part,
clear and fairly
represented.
Although
attributions are
occasionally
given, many
statements seem
unsubstantiated.
The reader
appears confused
about the source
References are
seldom cited to
Support
statements.
Alternatively, the
format of the
reference
documentation is

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Criteria Exceeds
Expectations (3)
Meets
Expectations (2)
Does Not Meet
Expectations (1)
No Evidence (0)
APA format is
used accurately
and consistently
in the paper and
on the
“References”
page. Most
references are
within the past 5
years.
Alternatively, the
APA format is
used with minor
errors. Most
references are
within the past 5
years.
of information
and ideas.
Alternatively,
there are
frequent errors in
APA format.
Alternatively,
most references
are within the
past 6-10 years.
not recognizable
as APA.
Alternatively,
most references
are greater than
10 years old.

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