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The use of emerging technologies in healthcare organizations such as consumer, mobile, and telehealth technologies have played an integral role in improving the delivery of medical care. These technologies impact patient care and the storage of health information as they ensure that only authorized individuals can access and share patient health information. For example, through the use of telehealth technologies it allows healthcare providers to provide medical care to their patients irrespective of their location leading to improved health outcomes. The consumer, mobile, and telehealth technologies also impact storage of health information as they help ensure that patient health information that are stored in such technologies are kept private and confidential and accessed upon the patient consent. One ethical issue related to EHRs that can impact a registered nursing practice is privacy and confidentiality. When using EHRs registered nurses need to ensure that they do not expose the patient health information to unauthorized individuals without the consent of the patient (Bani Issa et al., 2020). Patient health information need to be stored in ways that they are only accessible by the patient and the healthcare team leading to provision of safe medical care. It is important for healthcare providers to ensure that they protect patient privacy and confidentiality and this can be through recording and using only the information necessary to provide patient care and accessing only the information needed (George & Bhila, 2019). Another way can be through keeping health information and records physically and electronically secure and confidential. Healthcare providers should ensure that they do not leave their desk with patient health information tidy and should ensure that they do not discuss the patient health information in public.
Bani Issa, W., Al Akour, I., Ibrahim, A., Almarzouqi, A., Abbas, S., Hisham, F., & Griffiths, J. (2020). Privacy, confidentiality, security and patient safety concerns about electronic health records. International Nursing Review, 67(2), 218-230. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12585
George, J., & Bhila, T. (2019). Security, confidentiality and privacy in health of healthcare data. Int. J. Trend Sci. Res. Develop, 3(4), 373-377.