I'm a new grad, so I'm sure there is a reason why this isn't considered a HIPAA violation, since I assume a hospital has a better sense of HIPAA than a new grad. Let me explain:
I'm looking at a hospital website, and they have a link "email a patient." It's a form where you fill in the patient's name and your name, and then you can send a message. The page says that a volunteer will deliver the message for you.
Now, my first thought is: wouldn't this let someone determine if a person is hospitalized or not? Like, you're suspicious that your co-worker or ex or whoever is in the hospital, so you put their name in to send them a little "get-well" note...
I'm guessing that bcs it's not actually med info, it's ok? But I thought that even confirming someone is a patient at a particular location was a HIPPA risk.