A Checklist For Avoiding HIPAA Violations On Social Media

Law360, New York (January 7, 2016, 11:01 AM EST) -- In this age of sharing every minor life event, optometrists, ophthalmologists, hospitals and all medical staff must guard against accidental revelations of patient identity and sensitive information. Don’t end up like many well-meaning doctors, nurses and other medical staff who find themselves chastised, fined and fired. These examples show how easily risking a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation due to social media activity can be:

In 2011, the Board of Nursing delivered a warning to a nurse who commented on a small town newspaper’s blog. The nurse discussed a patient in positive terms using a nickname. Even though she...

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