Is this a HIPAA violation?


Is is a HIPAA violation to tell a patient you have a mutual friend or you know someone that they know. Like if you're just having small talk and you end up being from the same town and know a bunch of the same people, even family? 


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No, it isn't.


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What protected health information is being shared in the scenario you describe?

Specializes in Critical Care, Capacity/Bed Management. Has 8 years experience.

No, sometimes working in a small community hospital you will inevitably care for someone who is in your sphere of friendship/family. Discussion of the connection with the patient is not a HIPAA violation.

Sharing protected health information about the patient to others would be a violation.