But which part would be the violation? If you and I use the same ob/gyn, the only information that you didn't already know is that I have been late for all of my appointments. You would already know I was pregnant and had all of the routine visits.Technically there is no privacy violation. BUT, if someone that she knows also uses the same ob/gyn and knows her habits of being late or not showing at all they can pretty much identify her right there.
May I show up late for her delivery is not a threat.
It may not be a HIPAA violation, but I certainly think it is unprofessional. I choose not to post about my students or co-workers (especially in a negative light) because I think it is rude and unnecessary and I respect their privacy. As a teacher, if I posted "One of my students is constantly late to class. Every day he is at least 20 minutes late and never has a valid excuse. Maybe tomorrow I'll be later than he is and leave him standing out in the cold waiting on me" I think it would be considered unprofessional and I can promise that my principal would not be too happy with me.
It seems like a random jeez this sucks at work today comment. It wasn't like she listed tons of medical information. name or not. I don't think she should be fired.
It's a tough one. I personally don't see anything wrong with what she posted and it certainly didn't identify anyone, but the medical profession has high standards about this sort of thing for good reason. I think she should simply be told it's inappropriate and warned not to do it again. They HAVE to have high standards about this because otherwise it gets very difficult trying to find the exact line of what's okay and what isn't, what's identifying and what isn't, etc.
But I would want to vent like she did and I totally get it.
Yes....that is not a threat of no care.
If she said...I have her induction scheduled at 8am tomorrow and I'm going to get there at 1100 am...then I would say that was a threat.
I can see the unprofessional argument. I have FB friends that are constantly posting about their "clients" (pharmacy clients, etc) and sometimes it does strike me as unprofessional. I can see that side. But there was no threat here, and certainly no HIPAA violation.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
Oh and I agree there was no threat.