Influence of Technology on Confidentiality

Psychology professionals are privy to information of a highly personal nature. Ethical and legal standards exist to protect confidentiality of personal information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are legal standards that provide guidance on protecting personal information in clinical, research, and education settings. Advances in technology have influenced the nature of privacy, in both the collection and storage of information. Psychology professionals need to fully understand the ramifications of access to personal information involving technology.

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Review the attachment below  titled HIPAA and Patient’s Rights. Even though this media is focused on clinical aspects of HIPAA, consider the information protected through HIPAA and how that would be affected by information dissemination via technology as it applies in research, as well.

 

Write a one page, double spaced – apa style-explanation of two ways technology might influence confidentiality. Then explain how technology might influence compliance with HIPAA or FERPA in education psychology. Finally, describe an ethical situation involving technology and explain a strategy you might use to address this situation.

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