Ethical and Morals Issues

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Title: Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions

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Edition: 6th (2015)

Author: Doherty, Regina and Purtilo, Ruth

Publisher: Elsevier Science


Book ISBN: 978-0323328920

Read Chapter 9: “Honoring Confidentiality” in the book Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions (6th ed.)
Read Chapter 10: “Communication and Information Sharing” in the book Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions (6th ed.)
Read Chapter 11: “Informed Consent in Treatment and Clinical Research” in the book Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions (6th ed.)

American College of Healthcare Executives (2016). Health information confidentiality. Retrieved from
American College of Healthcare Executives (2017). ACHE Code of Ethics. Retrieved from

BREAKING NEWS: Cybercriminals ransacked your hospital database breaching the data of roughly 100,000 patients. The attack has prevented organizational access to patient files, medical images, and details of patient visits. Accessed files contain personal information including names, addresses, Social Security information, dates of birth, contact information, diagnoses, treatments, medications, and other medical information.

Discuss the moral, ethical, and legal implications of paying a ransom to the cybercriminal responsible for this attack.

In two diferent paragraph give your personal to Lochelle lee and Matthew Chandler

Matthew Chandler

The ethical and morals issues associated with paying the ransom for this breach are all based around reinforcing this behavior and honesty with patients. If you pay the ransom there is no guarantee that this criminal won’t pull this stunt again. Actually, most would argue it increases the chances of this occurring at another hospital. A lack of morals would allow this organization to not be concerned with the increased chances of this happening at another hospital. This is where leadership must possess high moral character for the benefit of the organization and patients. The patients deserve to know that their information fell into the wrong hands. The patients deserve the opportunity to protect their information and respond how they see fit. I think a patient is more likely to forgive an organization that is transparent and honest about their mistakes. The organization that tries to hide the negligence and not make steps towards better data protection is likely to have this occur again. Over 41 million patient records were breached in 2019, with a single hacking incident affecting close to 21 million records. This is not a new issue and the law dictates what should occur. The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires all healthcare organizations that experience an ePHI security breach to adhere to a strict breach notification process. In short, covered entities (and their business associates) must notify all affected individuals and the Secretary of HHS.

Data Breaches of Protected Health Information in the United States

Vincent Liu, MD, MS, Mark A. Musen, MD, PhD, and Timothy Chou, PhD

Lochelle Lee


When it comes to paying a ransom to cybercriminals, the moral, ethical and legal implications is to simply not pay them, reasons being you could be paying them to do another criminal activity and who can say there are really going to give up all the information they just gained access to. Cybercriminals would ask for a large amount of money, but it’s just not ethical to give it to them, I feel it would be illegal, because who knows what they would do with the money. Patient information is violated and a lot of folks with be upset because their medical records, socials, address, etc. is exposed to a bunch of strangers and its no telling what they will do with the information and its very dangerous. Right now in my state and city scamming is going around big time where there are using folks socials and names and bank account information messing up folks credit and it’s like no company site where patients is supposed to be protected is safe. By law when companies are hacked and patient information is involved, companies have to notify the people and explain to them and explain how they are trying to recover the information. I think over time everyone information gets hacked some type of way whether it with healthcare, ordering or using your cards online for purchasing or paying bills, it could be the banks getting hacked or even the credit bureaus, but it’s all up to the companies to try to avoid it as much as they can.


Doherty, R. F. & Purtilo, R. B. (2016) Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Inc.

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