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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Don’t Let it Happen to You: Practice Fined Over Social Media

I've been in this predicament where I know a social media post to be misleading or blatantly in error, but it's so tricky to respond because protected health information is not just name and date of birth or other such identifiers but it is also information which may lead to the identification of an individual. For instance, if one posts about a gunshot wound to the head coming to the hospital, without stating anything else, that may be a violation of HIPAA because in a community this size gunshot wounds to the head are rare occurrences so that sole information may be sufficient for a third party out there to go, "omg, I know who that is!" I and many physicians are not able to specifically respond to posters for this reason...risk of HIPAA breach.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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