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Two Health Care Workers’ Social Media Posts Potentially Expose PHI

Workers at two separate health care facilities have been disciplined for incidents where they allegedly posted intimate details about health conditions and procedures on social media.

In the first case, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee, identified by Twitter handle @CarrieeeeC, shared a photo of a patient’s preoperative anesthesia chart notes, recorded before a Sept. 7 penile implant surgery. According to media reports, the now-deleted tweet commented on the photo, stating that a “72 y/o male gets government-funded surgery,” and included the eggplant emoji.[1]

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