Ask HRC: Assigning Pseudonyms for High-Profile Patients
January 8, 2018 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
A Healthcare RiskControl(HRC) member recentlyinquired about standards or best practices regarding the use of aliases orpseudonyms for high-profile patients such as celebrities or government officials.
In our response, we note that assigning aliases to "veryimportant person" (VIP) patients is a common practice in hospitals. According to the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Using Aliases toProtect Privacy in Healthcare (available...