HIPAA violations and the cell phone - page 2

by Sacred eagle, BSN, RN | 5,218 Views | 12 Comments

Do we need to have cell phones banned in patient care areas. I say cell phonesdue to picture capability. In the last roughly 8 months there have been 4 accountsof staff being fired for taking pics of patients genitals. This... Read More


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    Quote from Sacred eagle
    In the last roughly 8 months there have been 4 accountsof staff being fired for taking pics of patients genitals.
    Are you kidding me? This does not even seem to be a HIPAA issue (the vast vast majority of men are not going be recognized solely based on the appearance of their genitals). It would seem like someone with even the most basic human dignity would recognize how slimy this is and not do it.

    If there is an argument for banning cell phones it would be that some staff spend time texting and updating their Facebook rather than doing their work. For the people who are thinking of taking pics of the genitals of a pt., banning cellphones is not going to suddenly cause an improvement in their basic ethics.
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    Quote from psu_213
    Are you kidding me? This does not even seem to be a HIPAA issue (the vast vast majority of men are not going be recognized solely based on the appearance of their genitals). It would seem like someone with even the most basic human dignity would recognize how slimy this is and not do it.

    If there is an argument for banning cell phones it would be that some staff spend time texting and updating their Facebook rather than doing their work. For the people who are thinking of taking pics of the genitals of a pt., banning cellphones is not going to suddenly cause an improvement in their basic ethics.
    I find it disgusting that they can't take the time to do their duties, but they can take the time to take pictures of the patients.
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    "Guns don't kill people. People kill people."

    "Cell phones don't take pictures. People take pictures."



    Plus, unless you're going to search every person who enters the building, banning cell phones is useless anyway. They are easily concealed.
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