Poll: How Important is Patient Privacy, When Public Safety is an Issue?

January 22, 2014

Is compromising privacy ever fair to patients, even in the name of public safety? Weigh in and tell us your opinion.

Recently, Practice Notes blogger and attorney Ericka L. Adler addressed an HHS proposal to modify HIPAA to permit physicians and other healthcare providers to disclose otherwise protected health information (PHI) of individuals with certain mental health conditions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without the individuals' prior authorization. 

But is compromising privacy ever fair to patients, even in the name of public safety?