Project #97843 - Project: Current headline breach of ethical practice in healthcare

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Project:  Current headline breach of ethical practice in healthcare

1.  Conduct a web search for a headline case involving breach of ethical practice or ethical problems in healthcare. 

2.  Post the "headline case" here in this forum along with the URL or web link.

3.  Summarize / Illustrate how the seven-step guide to ethical decision making can be used in regards to the headline case in your opinion.

 

 

 

EXAMPLE ::::::::: DO IT AS THIS ONE PLEASE 

 

 

 

Keystroke logger detected on hospital's computers

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/keystroke-logger-detected-hospitals-computers

The article discusses a breach of information at a hospital in Greenville Kentucky. Personnel and patient information was accessible due to a form of malware called a ‘keystroke logger.’ Similar to a typewriter ribbon the malware cataloged every keystroke on the computer.

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1.  What is the ethical question?

Why didn’t the hospital have security settings in place to protect the patient/employee information?

2.  What are the facts?

KNOWN

A keystroke logger was found.

Patient information was accessible.

Employee information was accessible.

TO BE GATHERED

How much information was stolen? 

Who used the system?

Where did the information go to?

Is the new security system sufficient?

3.  What are the values?

 

STAKEHOLDERS/ADVOCATES

 

Patient:

Security, privacy, and confidentiality. Financial and health information were accessible. It is the hospitals duty to maintain up to date security protocols to avoid situation like this.

HIM Professional:

Security, privacy, and confidentiality. Any information the personal accessed became vulnerable including personal information. Personnel were unaware of the breach therefore were unable to stop the flow of information.

Administrators:

Security and Integrity. The FBI had to alert the hospital to the issue. The hospital should been watching for this type of security breach. The hospitals integrity is in danger because patients will not trust their systems now.

Society: 

Trust and security. Hospitals databases have a lot of personal information. The public expect administrators to be on a higher alert status for this information.

4.  What are the options?

The article stated the malware could have been in place as far back as January 2012. This is too long. Their only option was to apologize and contain the issue. 

5.  What should I do?

I would apologize and utilize my resources to find out what information was accessed. Compile a report including the names of patients/employees who will be impacted by this breach.

6.  What justifies my choice?

 

ETHICAL/JUSTIFIED

Apologizing to the public

Containing the situation and stopping the breach immediately. 

NOT ETHICAL/NOT JUSTIFIED

Not maintaining up to date security protocols.

7. How could this ethical problem have been prevented?

If I were on the IT team I would have made sure all my security protocols were up to date. I would continue to research new security issues. I would not wait until the FBI has to tell me there is suspicious activity. I set up an internal monitoring program.

 
 
 

 

 

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