Hospital Employees In Trouble For Allegedly Sharing Patient Info Online
Federal law prohibits healthcare workers from sharing patient information without their consent. This includes a patient's name or diagnosis.
Tri-City's CEO says hospital employees did not share patients' names or other identifiers on Facebook. Even so, the official is concerned about a possible breach of patient privacy.
Rainey Reitman is with the San Diego-based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
"Posting information about patients in any context is a very serious issue," Reitman says. "And just a little bit too much information, all of sudden, you've narrowed it down to one or two people."
The employees at Tri-City have not been identified. Officials won't say if they've involved in patient care.