Maybe I should start a column just about the “small” HIPAA breaches I seem to trip over on a too-frequent basis.
Today’s entry occurred in the waiting area of an outpatient endoscopy/colonoscopy service. I was sitting and chatting with another woman as we waited for our respective spouses.
Out came a doctor, who walked up to her and started giving her the findings of her husband’s procedures and his diagnoses.
Now, I’m very hard of hearing, but I could hear everything the doctor said as he was only 3 feet away.
Why didn’t he take her into a private area to communicate with her?
C’mon folks, this is a no-brainer, isn’t it?