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How an Innocent Social Media Post Can Turn Into a HIPAA Violation Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Monday, 24 September 2018 00:00
 
A Texas nurse recently learned that you don't have to identify a patient by name to violate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. According to a number of published reports, the unidentified woman,  who worked as an ICU/ER nurse, was fired from her job with Texas Children's Hospital in Houston after posting about a boy who was being treated for a suspected case of the measles. The nurse, an anti-vaccine proponent, posted about her experience treating the child, whom she identified only as between the age of 1 and 3 years old, on a Facebook site called "Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children - Texas." The hospital became aware of her post when another Facebook user notified them.
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 16:58
 


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