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Taking a Patient’s Photograph requires a valid HIPAA Authorization

It was recently reported that employees were fired from Las Vegas hospital after attempting to take a photograph of Lamar Odom, in addition to attempting to access his medical records.

According to the report a representative of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center said, “We take all patient privacy very seriously and follow all HIPAA policies in compliance with federal regulations.”

This report serves as an important reminder that when photos will be used for purposes other than Treatment, Payment and Operations (TPO), a valid HIPAA authorization must be obtained from the patient or the patient’s legally authorized representative.

Additionally, a patient’s photograph that identifies him/her cannot be used in any form of publication without the patient’s specific authorization â€" this includes for TMZ and similar publications.

If you have questions about HIPAA policies and procedures for photography in relation to patient care, do not hesitate to send us an email at [email protected] or reach us toll-free at 855-427-0427

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