Hospital Employees Disciplined for Cell Phone Pictures
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.March 2, 2010
Several employees at a Florida hospital have been disciplined after taking cell phone pictures of a shark attack victim who later died. Hospital officials at Martin Memorial Medical Center launched an investigation after learning that employees may have violated HIPAA laws, HealthLeaders Media reports. Officials are asking anyone with copies of the photos to destroy them. Disciplinary actions have included written warnings, suspensions and demotions, though nobody was fired. "Ultimately, we have determined that these inappropriate actions were taken by good people who exercised poor judgment," the hospital said in a statement. It has started a re-education and re-training program on patient privacy laws and cell phone usage for hospital employees, the report states.