Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Patient Records
a federal statute that protects patients with histories of substance abuse regarding the release of information about treatment.
permission from a patient, either expressed or implied, for something to be done by another.
Doctrine of Informed Consent
the legal basis for informed consent, usually outlined in a state's medical practice acts.
Doctrine of Professional Discretion
a principle under which a physician can exercise judgement as to whether to show patients who are being treated for mental or emotional conditions their records. Disclosure depends on whether, in the physcian's judgement, such patients would be harmed by viewing the records.
a physcian's obligation to his or her patient, based on trust and confidence.
Good Samaritan Acts
state laws protecting physcians and sometimes other health care practioners and laypersons from charges of negligence or abandoment if they stop to help the victim of an accident or other emergency.
Health Information Technology (HIT)
the application of information processing, involving both computer hardware and software, that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care information, data, and knowledge for communication and decision making.
a collection of data recorded when a patient seeks medical treatment.