Ask HRC: Assigning Pseudonyms for High-Profile Patients

January 8, 2018 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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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...

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