Ask the Legal Expert about… taking pictures of staff
Feb 08, 2018
Can a client or patient take pictures of staff sleeping or relaxing on the job, or of his personal belongings?
Provider pushes back, gets relief from social-media penalties
James M. Berklan
Jun 26, 2017
While long-term care officials agree that photos and videos of nursing home residents should not be taken or posted to social media without consent, some operators are pushing back.
A mundane hospital hack
Jan 06, 2017
It’s worthwhile to examine news from Concord, NH, involving a data breach of 15,000 patient records. On first blush, the question both providers and journalists might ask is if the compromised records...
Time for a cyber security update? You better believe it
Mar 08, 2016
Advances in technology and providers who lag behind on updating their information technology systems have created a “perfect storm” of vulnerabilities in healthcare IT security, one expert...
Hacking goes to new and deadly limits
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Jun 02, 2015
Everyone with a pulse is aware of hacking vulnerability. From insurance companies to major big box stores and even banks, we’d have to be dead if we didn’t realize how unsafe our secure information...
Controversy erupts after webcam removal from disabled resident’s nursing home room
Apr 06, 2015
It’s not clear yet whether Pennsylvania will become the fifth state to adopt rules or laws prohibiting or allowing private video recording or surveillance in nursing homes. But one Philadelphia nursing...
Privacy and security in long-term care
Feb 11, 2015
Protecting your resident’s health information is becoming increasingly more urgent.
Top 10 best practices for social media in LTC
Angie C. Davis and Steven W. Fulgham
Jun 04, 2014
Like it or not, social media is now seen as activity of daily living for your residents and employees. More than 55 million photos a day are uploaded to Instagram and shared. If you thought Facebook...
‘Derek’ returns, focuses on nursing home privacy
Jun 03, 2014
When the Ricky Gervais show “Derek” hit Netflix last year, I sat down to check out an episode and ended up binge-watching the whole season, captivated by the storylines set in an English nursing...
Healthcare providers are not liable for workers who breach patient privacy ‘outside scope of employment,’...
Jan 29, 2014
Long-term care providers may not be on the hook when workers improperly share resident data for purely personal reasons, suggests a recent legal ruling.