Corporate Compliance

Nurse posts photo of athlete/patient on Facebook

Compliance Monitor, May 16, 2012

The following is a May 10 post on HIPAA Update:

My friend is a Facebook friend of a nurse at a hospital in another state. The nurse posted a photograph of herself with an athlete who had come to her organization for care. The caption said something like “You were a great patient and even a better player.”

The first comment on her photograph 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 are easily understood from the post.

What do you think?

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