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These Doctors and Nurses Reveal What Grey's Anatomy Has Wrong About Medicine

HIPAA violation: You cannot talk about a patient's case, using their real name, in public.

Grey’s Anatomy is rife with HIPAA violations. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, commonly referred to as HIPAA, is a law that protects a patient’s right to privacy. Healthcare providers are legally required to keep their patients’ medical information private. A doctor is not allowed to discuss a patient’s case in public using the patient’s real name. Doing so would be a major violation of the patient’s right to privacy under HIPAA.

The scenes on Grey’s Anatomy where doctors are seen discussing patient cases on the elevator are an absolute no-no. You cannot discuss a patient’s case openly in front of other people who are not involved in their care. Doing so is a HIPAA violation and a crime punishable by a multi-million dollar fine—the right to patient privacy is a big deal, as it should be!

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