HIPAA and Ebola: What are Appropriate Disclosures?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
With the uproar and fear of the Ebola virus on U.S. soil somewhat subsiding, it has been an interesting couple of months in terms of how much protected health information regarding infectious patients was made public. Has the information released about patient conditions constituted a violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule? Does the general public have a right to know about individuals with highly infectious conditions or symptoms?