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AT THE BEDSIDE New HIPAA Rule Seeks to Balance Patients’ Privacy Protection Pet Ownership May Be Heart-Friendly Studies show lower stress, heart rate and blood pressure. Also slightly lower cholesterol and triglycerides. B a community-directed health system in Wausau, Wis., says in the article. “While the balance is ‘protect and share,’ the devil is always in the details.” Also under patient-privacy scrutiny is whether hospitals should use demographic data — including household income — from patients’ records to target advertising efforts. Citing a story in the Columbus Dispatch, the article notes that nearly 25 percent of the nation’s 6,000 hospitals use this “customer-relationship management” strategy, even though patient advocates and privacy groups have criticized it as an abuse of data to boost profits. However, the Ohio health systems say their marketing efforts adhere to HIPAA rules by encrypting data so marketers can’t access it. Reactions from patients range from anger to indifference, according to the article in the Dispatch. Some patients accept the practice as long as the information is secure, while others say the data should be restricted to healthcare providers. ased on a review of several studies, the American Heart Association states pet ownership — particularly of dogs — may have strong causal relationships with heart health and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The scientific statement in Circulation comes with some caution, because the outcomes are largely observational, and it is possible people with a healthier, more active lifestyle own dogs. “We didn’t want to make this too strong of a statement, but there are plausible psychological, sociological and physiological reasons to believe” a connection exists, Glenn Levine — a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and head of the committee who wrote the statement — tells The New York Times in a related article. The studies show decreases in stress, heart rate and blood pressure and slightly lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Taking dogs for walks could account for some of the health improvement. A study cited by shows dog owners have a 54 percent higher likelihood of reaching recommended levels of physical activity. “What’s less clear is whether the act of adopting or acquiring a pet could lead to a reduction in cardiovascular risk in those with pre-existing disease,” Levine says in the study on “Further research, including better quality studies, is needed to more definitively answer this question.” 15 AACN BOLD VOICES AUGUST 2013 T he newly released HIPAA omnibus rule requires hospitals to balance patients’ privacy protection against other federal mandates that encourage sharing of electronic medical data, according to an article in FierceHealthcare. The omnibus rule limits how hospitals can use a patient’s records for marketing and fundraising, ensuring the information cannot be sold without the patient’s permission. At the same time, the HITECH Act encourages meaningful use of patients’ data among physicians, hospitals and ancillary care providers to improve care and reduce costs, the article adds. “On one hand, we have to ‘protect, protect, protect,’ and on the other hand we have to ‘share, share, share,’” Todd Richardson, vice president and CIO of Aspirus, Inc., Rule encourages meaningful use of patients’ data between providers and facilities.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2013

Bold Voices - August 2013
Another Angle
Seamless Staff Leadership Transition Is Goal of AACN's CEO Search
A Pool of Exceptional Talent
Progressive Care Nurses: A Conference, Las Vegas and CNEs Just for You
Communication Is Critical to Avoid Readmissions
Hospital Deaths Decrease Slightly Over 10 Years
Leapfrog Rates Hospital Safety Performance
Patient Safety Threatened by Insufficient Nurse Staffing, Fatigue
Number of Americans With Dementia, Cost of Care to Double by 2040
Updated HHS Standards Support Improved Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Decrease Noise Levels to Improve Patient Outcomes
Alarm Management (AACN Practice Alert)
Survey Reports High Levels of Burnout, Job Seeking
New HIPAA Rule Seeks to Balance Patients' Privacy Protection
Pet Ownership May Be Heart-Friendly
Hospitals Better at Preventing CLABSIs
Online Program Helps Military Service Members, Veterans Become Nurses
Clot Busters Safe for Patients With Stroke Who Take Aspirin
Updated Stroke Definition Reflects New Knowledge, Advances
In Our Journals
Antibiotics May Relieve Back Pain in Certain Cases
Certification Capsules
AACN Members, Friends Inducted as AANP Fellows
Empowered ED Case Managers
New CCN Resource Expands Reader Access to Nursing Care Studies
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
Nurse Leaders, Aspiring Nurse Leaders: Get Ready for Las Vegas, Sept. 18-20
AACN Scholarships Support Your Learning Journey
What Is Your Wake? (From the President)

Bold Voices - August 2013