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My employee was showing her computer screen to a client and

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my employee was showing her computer screen to a client and she opened the wrong clients database. She recognized her error immediately and froze the sharing of the screen, but is concerned the client she was working with saw a few of the patient names from another client. We will send a letter to the client who's info was shared incorrectly to let them know. Is there anything else we should do? The screen was shown for approximately 10-15 seconds.
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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
HIPAA recognizes mistakes occur. 15 seconds or so of a mistaken showing of a record is not really a HIPAA violation, especially if personal health information could not be viewed. Such a short showing of the computer information is not likely to cause any issues and if you and she took action to correct it immediately and it was not intentional you taking corrective action is sufficient. If the person was not able to copy the information or record it, letting the patients know is not necessary at this point and just can cause patients more concern and trigger complaints, even though you would likely be found not liable for a violation.
I would suggest you not notify anyone and you implement written procedures to prevent anyone from being in the same position as your employee was again, such as making customers/clients sit on the opposite side of the computer so they cannot view the screen and giving them information only once it is verified.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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