Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2017;151:219-21
You have just finished a long day in the office, and you and your wife are out to dinner with friends. You forgot to log out of your Gmail account, and your cell phone, sitting on the table, suddenly beeps with new mail. You look at your phone and reflexively open the mail and the attachment. Suddenly, your friend sitting next to you says “Hey, that’s my boss! Those are some messed up teeth.” What is your reaction and or response? It turns out that one of your former residents sent you records of a new patient, this patient, asking you for some advice. Did you breach this patient’s confidence? Did you just engage in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation? Did your former resident do either of these? Did he have the patient’s consent to do what he did?.