I recently heard of a Electrophysiology (EP) NP who took iphone photos on an inpatient unit of a pt's abnormal rhythm (ECG strip) and sent it to to the EP MD who was following this pt for his opinion. The NP sent this photo immediately to his phone.
Also, a RN took a photo with an iphone of a pt's monitor simply to get a picture of the unique waveform changes while a swan was being inserted. NO pt info was in photo nor were fellow staff members viewable; the pt was not aware the photo was taken. The photo was simply for personal educational purposes to the RN and was not shared with anyone. I'm not interested in hearing about personal electronic devices being used in patient rooms as I know this is not appropriate, but I would like to know how others feel in regards to the HIPAA portion of these 2 situations.
Both nurses, BSN and ANP, in both situations clearly understand HIPAA at this point in their careers. Are these situations considered punishable? Illegal?