ER Doc Fined for Facebook Disclosures

Healthcare IT News reported that an ER physician, talking about different ER cases on Facebook was fined by the Rhode Island Dept of Health because she disclosed identifiable patient information.  I hope this will be a reminder to all health care providers who may have interesting cases they’d like to share, that it’s in their best interest and professional duty not to disclose patient information at all.  I think the $500 fine imposed on the Facebook doc was not steep enough.  Though she deleted her Facebook account, that information was available for viewing and copying to anybody in her network. 



About Julie

My credentials include a Master's Certificate in Health Informatics, a CHPSE certification (Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert), and certification in HL7 (Health Level 7). The multidisciplinary approach to equipping myself to enter the healthcare IT sector is consistent with my professional background in sales, management, healthcare, and recruiting. I also have a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, which as been invaluable in my professional life for exceling in sales, change management, and laying down an excellent foundation from which I was able to build effective communication skills with professionals of all levels.

Posted on April 22, 2011, in News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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