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Employee Fired for Social Networking Post

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 10, 2010

A hospital worker has been fired for posting on her Facebook page information about a patient she treated, reports BusinessInsurance.com. The post contained information that could lead to identification of the patient. "As healthcare providers, we have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect patient privacy and we are bound by HIPAA rules and regulations to ensure that we do," the hospital said in a statement. This is the latest example of healthcare workers being called out for inappropriate social networking posts, causing some to encourage hospitals to implement clear policies on acceptable use of such sites.
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