Friday, August 7, 2020

Get Covid-19, Metro Health will tell police and other first responders. What happened to HIPA?

Metro health board approves sharing limited COVID-19 case info with first responders 

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The Metropolitan Board of Health approved a limited interim process that will allow the Metro Public Health Department to share with first responders the addresses and names of confirmed COVID-19 cases until a long-term solution can be configured, tested and implemented. 

The Board of Health approved the measures during a board meeting on Thursday. (link)

Rod's Comment:  This is not prohibited under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) but it sure seems like it ought to be. What would happen if a jurisdicton was sharing information of everyone who had AIDS? None would be too pleased. If one comes in contact with body fluides of someone with AIDS  it is more deadly than COVID-19. By what measure can it be justified to make this information available?

To learn more about health care privacy rights under HIPA, follow this link and this link

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