The Privacy and Confidentiality of Health Information (AHA)
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An AHA Press/Jossey-Bass Publication

Written by Jill Callahan Dennis, an expert in health information management and health care risk management, Privacy and Confidentiality of Health Information offers a step-by-step approach to understanding and providing the necessary protections to patient data. This essential guide presents proven solutions to the most common risks to health privacy and summarizes the resources that can be used to avoid breaches in confidentiality no matter what the health care setting-acute care, long-term care, ambulatory care, or home care.


JILL CALLAHAN DENNIS is a principal of Health Risk Advantage in Parker, Colorado and serves as chair of the legislative committee of the American Health Information Management Association and the Confidentiality Toolkit Task Force of the American Society for Health Risk Management. She is a contributing author to Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource (1996) and the principal author of the CD-ROM Managing Risks in Clinical Documentation and Health Information (1996).



The Author.

1.Introduction: Why Privacy and Confidentiality Matter.

2.The Legal Underpinnings.

3.Navigating the Confidentiality Minefield.

4.Developing Confidentiality Policies and Procedures.

5.Confidentiality Training.

6.The Future.






"Risk managers, HIM professionals, information technology managers, nurse executives, physician practice managers-anyone charged with securing patient information-needs Privacy and Confidentiality of Health Information. Jill Dennis's down-to-earth style is easy to read, and she offers practical, invaluable advice." (Mary Brandt, vice president, professional services, QuadraMed Corporation)

"Written by an authoritative source in the field, this easy-to-read book is a must for anyone responsible for health information privacy and confidentiality. Filled with practical examples and recommAndations, it is just what is needed to establish a firm foundation for achieving HIPAA compliance." (Fay A. Rozovsky, president, The Rozovsky Group, Inc.)

"...More than a timely, interesting and fact-filled book--it's a vital resource for all health care professionals who play a role in protecting patients' health'll refer to this book many times." (The Healthcare Collaborator, 8/01)