Do medical technicians 'need to know' patient health information?
The latest question for our legal expert, nurse attorney Carolyn Buppert, comes from the only nurse who worked at an inpatient sub-acute psychiatric treatment facility staffed with non-medically trained technicians. This nurse objected to sharing private client health information contained in the nursing documentation with these technicians. The nurse's supervisors insisted that there was no basis to not share all health information. The nurse maintained that technicians did not need to know clients' private health information to perform their job duties, which involved no physical care and were to observe and manage behavior; lead group activities and talk sessions; and manage day-to-day logistics of the facility.
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