Privacy Officer's Roundtable

Connecting Patients and Families

  • 1.  Connecting Patients and Families

    Posted 02-11-2020 12:59 PM
    We have a nurse inquiring about the most compliant way to connect two patients walking similar paths in their care. We recommended inviting both patients and families/caregivers to one of our support groups, but both patients don't live locally enough to attend. The nurse would like to share their demographic information with each other to allow them to connect, but is asking how to do so without violating any privacy laws. An authorization seems like one solution, but the patients would need to know who they were allowing the release to to even complete the form. I have not encountered a question like this, so hoping someone else may have some insight or ideas on a HIPAA Compliant way to assist.

    Thoughts? Ideas?

    Thanks in advance!


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    Hannamarie Allison
    Privacy Manager
    City of Hope
    Duarte,CA
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