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Q&A: Whiteboards and HIPAA

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Q: Is it permissible to list patients by name on whiteboards in the nursing units?

A: Yes, provided the information is limited to the minimum necessary. The whiteboard should not have any information about the patient’s diagnoses or procedures. Identify patients only by last name or initials, if possible. And be sure that “no information” patients are not listed on the whiteboard.

It’s also a good idea to place the whiteboard where it is accessible to staff but cannot be seen easily by visitors.

This week’s Q&A was adapted from The Privacy Officer’s Handbook. For more information about this book, visit the HCMarketplace.

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