- HIPAA is a Federal Law that requires us to protect the privacy and security of our patients’ health information.
- HIPAA protects any information that can identify a patient, a patient’s household or family member, or the patient’s employer.
- All job shadows/observations are hands-off experiences, you may not have any physical contact with patients.
- You may not present yourself as medical staff.
- Your job shadow badge must be worn at all times in order to identify yourself to patients and staff.
- You may not access any medical records, including that of friends, family or even your very own.
- Refrain from asking questions or making comments regarding the observation until the patient is no longer in the room.
- Once the job shadow is complete, you may describe the general overview of procedures observed, but you may not describe the patients who you observed. This is to protect patient identity and confidentiality.
- Respect patient rights: If a patient is not comfortable with an observer in the room, politely step out until the next scheduled appointment or procedure begins.