Healthcare compliance often refers to how well a patient carries out the direction received from his or her healthcare provider after coming out from under their direct supervision. While some patients faithfully follow the instructions that they are provided in order to ensure a speedy recovery, other patients fail to follow the necessary steps to get better.
Health care compliance can include obtaining prescriptions or additional treatment following a previous appointment. Any prescription papers, other medical instructions or advice from the healthcare provider (written or otherwise) are considered protected health information and must be kept confidential.
In the case that a patient is unable to comply with requests made by the healthcare provider, the associated private health information can be released to a caretaker at the request of the patient. This is done via an authorization form. If a patient cannot complete this step, other laws are in place to allow certain individuals to make decisions for the patient.