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There are many interpretations of the HIPPA laws. I do know that we are required in fire departments to have every firefighter sign an oath of secrecy with respect to patient confidentiality when we are at a medical emergency. This is specifically stated in a letter from the NYS Dept. of Health quoting the Federal HIPPA Laws. I really think you need to be very cautious about revealing anything regarding inmates as a CO, you certainly do not want to be hauled into Federal court trying to explain why you were talking about an inmate who has AIDS, VD, etc...
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