RE: [Histonet] Re: Block indentifiers

From:"Bonnie Whitaker"

I would disagree with this in principle and practice.  The last name only
doesn't provide any personal protected information.  If you have  only the
last name and the surgical number, you would have to have access to
additional (protected) information in order to associate the last name only
and a surgical case number with an individual.  (At least that is my
interpretation of the HIPPA rules and regulations.)

Bonnie Whitaker

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Re: Block indentifiers

Word of caution about patient's name in cassettes or slides:
  check you "confidentiality policies" before doing that because the
patient's name will be available to any with access to either the cassette
or the slide.
  We never allowed that type of "second" identification.
  René J. wrote:

Our facility puts the patients last name on the cassettes as the second

Ann Lynde
Medicine Hat Diagnostic Laboratory
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Message: 6
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 13:50:02 -0600
From: "Renko, Heather D." 
Subject: [Histonet] Block identifiers

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I would like some input on handwritten identifiers on blocks/cassettes. Our 
facility currently puts the surgical number only on our blocks and is 
considering the idea of a second identifier.

Heather Renko, Histology Coordinator
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 East State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108

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