[ Thursday, August 02, 2012 ]


On the Social Media Front: another example of why you should temper your use of social media if you are a healthcare provider or otherwise covered by HIPAA: a Yuma (AZ) Regional Medical Center nurse posted a comment on the Yuma Sun blaming a motorcycle rider who died in a fatal crash with an ambulance that was making a U-turn. The incendiary comments set off a firestorm that ended with the nurse getting fired. The story doesn't indicate whether the commenter, as a nurse, had any access to the deceased's PHI, so it's not clear if it's a HIPAA issue.

UPDATE: Link was bad, fixed now. Sorry! Thanks for noticing, Theresa Defino, MFPR (my favorite privacy reporter).

Jeff [3:32 PM]

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