Nursing Health Information Professionals

Nursing Health Information Professionals work at the intersection of patient privacy and information access. They have an ethical and legal obligation to maintain compliance while supporting quality patient care. Case: A nurse aggregating information about cases of pneumonia at the facility left printouts of the progress notes for 40 different patients on his desk when he was called away urgently; When he came back 10 minutes later, the patient records were gone. Working with the privacy officer, the staff looked everywhere for the printouts. Three days later they were found on a shelf near the nurse’s desk, just above eye level. What is the facility required to do at this point?

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