Thursday, June 26, 2014

HHS Investigating Patient Privacy Breach on Facebook

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has started an investigation into HIPAA privacy violations at a Cincinnati healthcare provider, according to an HHS spokesperson.

The probe stems from a hospital employee inappropriately accessing billing records of a patient with a sexually transmitted disease and sharing them with someone who deliberately and maliciously published those records on Facebook (FB), taunting and ridiculing the patient.

"A screen shot of the patient’s name and her diagnosis of syphilis was posted to the closed-member Facebook group “Team No Hoes”. An email with the screen shot was also sent to members of the group. ."
- Cincinnati Enquirer
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Sources:
(a) Feds begin HIPAA probe in Cincinnati - www.HealthcareITnews.com, 06/24/2014

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