Ballad Health responds to surgery photo posted to social media


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Ballad Health is responding to a photo posted online that shows a healthcare provider performing surgery in a racing helmet.

The photo was posted as part of the #WearYourHelmetToWork movement.

News Channel 11 is not showing the photo due to permission not being granted.

Ballad released this statement regarding the photo:

Fortunately, there is no patient identification or patient information revealed in the photograph or social media post, so this is not a HIPAA violation. However, it is unacceptable and in violation of our internal policies. We are taking appropriate measures to address this directly with the care provider.

Ballad Health

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