A Veterans Affairs employee in the beltway area has effectively made it impossible for coworkers to record patients following a breach of privacy, when she posted a photo of an elderly veteran’s penile implant surgery pre-op notes to social media.
The woman, identified as Carrie Christian, posted the notes to Twitter with the caption, “72y/o male get’s government funded [eggplant emoji] surgery.”
Christian, who is a veteran herself, appears to have deleted her social media account.
According to Texas News Today, the DC VA Medical Center is investigating the matter.
“VA is aware of the incident and takes it very much [seriously],” a VA official said. “Investigation is underway and employees have been removed from all access to veterans’ medical records for the time being.”
Patient records and personal health information are strictly protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
According to her LinkedIn page, she served in the Army for eight years as an officer until 2018. Her last position held in the Army was the company commander of Foxtrot Forward Support Company, 2nd Battalion 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.
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