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Posting resident names and pictures, disclosing minors’ PHI to parents, and unencrypted e-mails

Briefings on HIPAA, November 1, 2010

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Q. Posting resident names and pictures, disclosing minors’ PHI to parents, and unencrypted e-mails

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is available in 34 states. Pharmacists are required to report patient names and any controlled substances prescribed. The prescription data are made available to prescribers to assist with pain management and identifying drug-seeking behavior. 

Are there any HIPAA-related issues prescribers and pharmacists should be aware of when accessing prescription information or providing it to states?

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