Privacy and Confidentiality

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Effective Date: June 2015

Status: Revised Position Statement

Written By: ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights

Adopted By: ANA Board of Directors

PURPOSE
Ongoing advances in technology, including computerized medical databases, telehealth, social media and other Internet-based technologies, have increased the likelihood of potential and unintentional breaches of private/confidential health information. The purpose of this position statement is to speak to the role of nurses in protecting privacy and confidentiality and provide recommendations to avoid a breach.

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