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Nurse posts picture of athlete/patient on Facebook

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 15, 2012

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The following is a May 10 post on HIPAA Update:

I have a friend who is a Facebook friend of a nurse in a hospital in another state. This nurse posted a picture of herself posing with an athlete who had come to the organization for care.

The caption said something like, “You were a great patient and even a better player.”

The first comment on her photo was “HIPAA VIOLATION.” Her response — “No, I didn’t say why this person was here.”

I think she still violated the rules – the patient’s name, face, hospital, approximate time of admission – all easily understandable from the post.

What do you think?

Feel free to weigh in with your colleagues!



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