Letter to the Editor

Unit Outcomes addressed in this Assignment:

  • Assess security practice and recovery plan implementation based on a literature review of U.S. disasters between 1970 to the present.
  • Formulate a public education plan that includes privacy, security, access to personal health records information and data access expectations before, during, and after a disaster.
  • Compare risk assessment, risk management, and business continuity plans that support secure data and confidentiality during a disaster.

Course Outcome addressed in this Assignment:

HI570-2: Create procedures to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of patient information.


You are the Chief Information Officer for a local hospital. Recently, your hospital has been required to update their policies to protect the information of the patients at the facility. These policies have been scrutinized in the community. Some community members think the new policies are preventing insurance providers to pay claims and for patients to get the information they need. You will write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to explain why patient privacy, security and personal health records must be protected.


Once you have completed all the readings for the week, conduct a search for information on security, privacy and access to records. Investigate some previous examples of patients’ information being misused to support your case.

  • The letter begins with an overview of the process that has changed.
  • Includes a detailed explanation of the role of the senior level informaticist in privacy, security, access to and maintenance of personal health records (PHRs), requirements and legalities.
  • Includes information on how the patient’s rights are being protected.
  • Includes examples of security breaches to illustrate the need for privacy policies.
  • Ends with a conclusion about how the privacy policy will be put to work in the real world.


  • This is a fact-based Assignment that will not include unsupported opinion.
  • This will require research and support for what is written.
  • The submission should be paraphrased with citations and references from scholarly and fact-based publications and without quotations.

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