Thursday, January 16, 2014

Physician Improperly Shared Patient Data with Wife

A Washington state hospital has notified 2,500 patients that one of their physicians breached patient privacy by sharing personal health information (PHI) with his wife.

The information shared includes: patient account number (a number used solely by the hospital for purposes of identification), date of service, CPT code and description of health care services that the patient received.

"the physician had improperly shared PHI with his wife between January 2010 and November 2013." - PHIprivacy.net
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Sources:
(a) Required HIPAA breach notification or political dirty trick? - www.PHIprivacy.net, 01/15/2014

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