Week 11 Policy Regulation Fact Sheet

Week 11 Policy Regulation Fact Sheet

As a professional nurse, you are expected to apply your expertise to patient care. On occasion, you will also be expected to share that expertise.

With evolving technology and continuous changes to regulations designed to keep up these changes, there is usually a need to share information and expertise to inform colleagues, leadership, patients, and other stakeholders.

In this Assignment, you will study a recent nursing informatics-related healthcare policy, and you will share the relevant details via a fact sheet designed to inform and educate.Week 11 Policy Regulation Fact Sheet

To Prepare:

Review the Resources on healthcare policy and regulatory/legislative topics related to health and nursing informatics.

Consider the role of the nurse informatics in relation to a healthcare organization’s compliance with various policies and regulations, such as the Medicare Access and CHIP Re authorization Act (MACRA).

Research and select one health or nursing informatics policy (within the past 5 years) or regulation for further study.

The Assignment: (1 page not including the title and reference page)

Create a 1-page fact sheet that your healthcare organization could hypothetically use to explain the health or nursing informatics policy/regulation you selected. Your fact sheet should address the following:Week 11 Policy Regulation Fact Sheet

Briefly and generally explain the policy or regulation you selected.

Address the impact of the policy or regulation you selected on system implementation.

Address the impact of the policy or regulation you selected on clinical care, patient/provider interactions, and workflow.

Highlight organizational policies and procedures that are/will be in place at your healthcare organization to address the policy or regulation you selected. Be specific.

Use APA format and include a title page, in-text citations, and reference page. (3 peer reviewed and 3 course sources)


Policy/Regulation Fact Sheet

Technological advancement and regulation changes, healthcare organization need to share information to its employees and all stakeholders on the changes and their impact on the nursing practice. Nursing informatics is a field that help to share information and educate healthcare professionals and patients. This essay analyzes the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), its impact on system implementation, patient /health provider’s interaction, and workflow as well as organization policies needed to address the HIPPA regulations.

HIPPA is a federal policy regulation that was enacted to protect individual’s privacy from identifiable and specific health information. The policy allows covered health providers to give their clients an option to reveal their health status for specific reasons including surgical procedures, treatment and payment (Drolet et al, 2017).

Impact of HIPPA Act on System Implementation, Clinical Care and Workflow

HIPPA Act protects patient’s privacy in several ways. For instance, breach in healthcare information may have detrimental effects for patients and families. Healthcare organizations incur huge losses in payment of damages when litigations occur as a result of breach of patient’s privacy. To mitigate these effects, HIPPA provides that implementation of a system should encompass artificial intelligence and machine learning to allow for anonymity of data to ensure sensitive data is protected (Lam et al., 2019). HIPPA guidelines provide that compliance is observed while offering services and workflow. The guidelines include documentation of policy and control of environment, assignment of suitable persons to oversee compliance management, frequent communication and training to ensure compliance, frequent screening of persons, regular monitoring, evaluation and audit on compliance as well as prompt response to incidences and mitigation of gaps (Calhoun et al., 2018).

Organizational Policies and Procedures

To implement the HIPPA privacy and security procedures, the organization will be required to document the procedures to ensure compliance and taking of appropriate steps when a breach occurs. The organization will be required to appoint a security and privacy officer to oversee the compliance with HIPPA regulations. The office will be required to be well versed with HIPPA regulations. Frequent assessment for risk, auditing for compliance will be conducted to identify any vulnerabilities and non-compliance and take corrective action where necessary to ensure integrity and confidentiality (Chen & Benusa, 2017). All emails and communication regarding a patient will be encrypted and patients made to understand the purpose of encryption. Portable devices with health information will be regulated to prevent leakage of information to unauthorized parties. Finally, a notice of privacy procedures will be displayed on the healthcare organization’s noticeboards and websites for reference purposes Week 11 Policy Regulation Fact Sheet


Calhoun, B. C., Kiel, J. M., & Morgan, A. A. (2018). Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations by physician assistant students: applying laws to clinical vignettes. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education29(3), 154-157.

Chen, J. Q., & Benusa, A. (2017). HIPAA security compliance challenges: The case for small healthcare providers. International Journal of Healthcare Management10(2), 135-146.

Drolet, B. C., Marwaha, J. S., Hyatt, B., Blazar, P. E., & Lifchez, S. D. (2017). Electronic communication of protected health information: privacy, security, and HIPAA compliance. The Journal of hand surgery42(6), 411-416.

Hui, K., Gilmore, C. J., & Khan, M. (2020). Medical Records: More Than the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Jackson, J. (2015). The Costs of Medical Privacy Breach. MD advisor: a journal for New Jersey medical community8(3), 4-12.

Lam, J. S., Simpson, B. K., & Lau, F. H. (2019). Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act noncompliance in patient photograph management in plastic surgery. Annals of plastic surgery82(5), 486-492. Week 11 Policy Regulation Fact Sheet