Use common sense to keep your phone number safe from hackers and scammers. Dont make your phone number public on websites, and dont share it with people and businesses you dont know. Treat your phone number with the same care youd treat other personal information. That extra bit of caution can go a long way.
Is it dangerous to give my phone number to strangers?
Keep Private Information Private. Phone numbers, whether for personal or business use, are exclusive and private pieces of information. Giving your number to a stranger could be all the difference between life as you know it and a chaotic privacy nightmare.
Is it OK to give a patient your phone number?
Giving ones cell phone number to a patient can of course lead to abuse of what some might see as a privilege. Oncology care providers are entitled to down time, and call groups and emergency phone numbers exist to deal with patients outside of regular hours.
Is giving out a phone number a Hipaa violation?
Telephone calls and text messages must not be charged to the client, or counted against plan limits, and those calls can only be made to the wireless telephone number provided by the patient. Patients may have given prior express consent to receive voice calls and text messages, but that consent can be rescinded.
Can someone hack my phone number?
Access. Once hackers gain control of a phone number, they can then access their online profiles – on Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and WhatsApp – which are all usually linked to the mobile number. All they need to do is ask the social media companies to send a temporary login code, via text message, to the victims phone.
What information should not be left in a phone message for a patient?
Leaving Voice Messages with PHI Do not leave the patients medical record number, lab results or the name of a medication in a message.
Is it a HIPAA violation to take a picture of a patient?
Taking pictures of patients without consent is unacceptable. This includes patient images or other individually identifiable health information that may be in the background of a photo. Similar to HIPAA photo violations, organizations can also be penalized for video violations.