Hospital says mom violated HIPAA by taking pictures during son’s appointment

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Missouri mother is ordered to turn over her cell phone after taking a picture of her 7-year-old son during a hospital visit.

Mandi Wilson says a security guard told her she had violated federal privacy laws, also known as HIPAA.

Wilson says the doctor became upset after noticing the picture included a small frame of the doctor’s daughter.

“She was like, ‘You cannot take pictures here. It’s against policy.’ I mean, she was right in my face, waving her hands, you know. And I was just kind of like, ‘I’ve been able to take pictures here before, I don’t really know what the problem is. You’ve never said anything before, I’ve always taken pictures,” said Wilson.

HIPAA is designed to protect patient privacy.

Wilson said she posts pictures online to try and raise money for her son’s expensive hearing aids.

She chose to voluntarily leave the hospital, instead of showing the pictures to the security guard.

In a statement, the hospital said it regrets the confusion and will review its policies but that staff acted out of consideration for the privacy of patients.

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