Tag Archives: physician

Protecting Health Information: Health Data Security Training

It was a pleasure to be on a panel with members of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General last week at the Massachusetts Medical Society to talk about how physicians can protect health information in our presentation entitled:  ”Protecting Health Information: Health Data Security Training.”   We covered the latest in federal law (HIPAA, […]

Facebook Posting about Patient=HIPAA Violation=Physician Sanctions

The case of Dr. Alexandra Thran should cure any physician of the desire to discuss a patient on Facebook.  Dr. Thran has been reprimanded by her state’s Medical Board and lost her emergency room privileges. Although the posting in question did not list the patient’s name, Dr. Thran provided enough details so that at least one other person could identify […]

Is Physician Privacy a Thing of the Past

I give my perspective on issues of physician privacy in this video from The HealthCare Channel, including: Can physicians challenge online review sites such as Health Grades or Vitals.com to have critical patient comments removed? The Supreme Court will rule soon on the case against the State of Vermont and the law banning the sale of prescription data to […]

Patient Privacy Trumps Subpoena in Physician Disciplinary Action

Does the “compelling need” for patient records by a state body that oversees and regulates physicians trump the statute that protects the confidentiality of psychotherapy records?  Not in Massachusetts, according to a September 2, 2010 decision of the Supreme Judicial Court, Board of Registration in Medicine v. John Doe, No. SJC-10556. At issue in this case […]