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HIPAA and Professionalism In an age of electronic mediums
Mass General Hospital Settles Potential HIPAA Violations The incident giving rise to the agreement involved the loss of protected health information (PHI) of 192 patients of Mass General’s Infectious Disease Associates outpatient practice, including patients with HIV/AIDS..
Mass General Hospital Settles Potential HIPAA Violations $1,000,000 to Feds Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the privacy of its patients.
HIPAA Even at UVA this occurs. Several weeks ago Medical Student finds Resident H&P on ground in 14 th street garage. Clinical talks with images – left on outside institution server
Safeguards Needed Do not take PHI material off grounds or leave in public areas on grounds (bathrooms, meetings, cafeteria) Whenever possible erase PHI On PACS click the easel icon under G/M tab. PDF of notes…blacken out the PHI Password protect Jump Drives and Laptops
Credant and your Jump Drive After applying Credant, create a 7 digit password and a PHI folder on the jump drive. Place files with PHI in the PHI folder. Only files stored in the PHI folder will be encrypted by Credant. Off Health System Network Can use and edit non- PHI files without Credant password On Health System Network Will need to use your Credant password in order to write ANY data to Jump Drive
Find a HIPAA Violation? Report to Office of Compliance and Privacy
Professionalism The internet allows you to post Pictures of patients Pictures of your colleagues Cell phones allow you to MMS pictures to others or send by email. Digital cameras allow you to send by email
Photographs of Patients Use of patient for photographs require patient consent and must be documented in medical record This includes cell phone photography This applies to photography that does not identify the patient (e.g. limbs) Photographs for clinical care (to be posted in EPIC) still require consent.
Photographs of Colleagues Think before posting pictures of colleagues. The person is often identifiable The location is often identifiable Is the colleague acting professionally in your picture? Do you really want the public to see a non- professional moment.
Professionalism In the age of electronic medium news travels at the speed of electrons. Think before your take pictures on your cell phone, PDA, camera Do you have permission from patients? Is this for education purposes? Think before you hit the send button. Are there unintended consequences?