Not my work, but its pretty much what the act says.Myth No. 1: Dispatch centers can't give out any identifiable information over the radio.
Fact: HIPAA doesn't prevent dispatch centers from communicating all information necessary for EMS response and treatment to EMS agencies. While patient names shouldn't be given out unless truly necessary, a dispatch center may transmit any information necessary to facilitate the EMS treatment of a patient.
Myth No. 2: Ambulance services are violating HIPAA if they give patient information to the hospital over the radio.
Fact: HIPAA permits any and all treatment-related disclosures of patient information between health care providers. Ambulances are freely permitted to give patient information to hospitals over the radio for treatment purposes.
Myth No. 3: Dispatch centers must convert all communications equipment to digital or institute new privacy technologies so that people with scanners can no longer hear radio dispatches.
Fact: HIPAA does not prohibit dispatch centers from communicating with ambulance services, which is necessary for response and patient treatment, even though everyone in "scannerland" can listen in! These are called "incidental disclosures" under HIPAA, meaning they are legitimate disclosures with unavoidable side-effects, and are permissible under HIPAA.
I would like to verify your account of what happened. It will be fairly easy for me. All I need is a date and approximate time of day. A street name would probably help too.A while back Denver Health responded to my address and the paramedics did not know where my street was located. Also, upon leaving my residence she did not know how to get back onto Monaco and I had to provide her directions while riding with them. So, some of them do not know where every street is I assume and that is why I thought GPS would be handy for them and having MDTs in the ambulances. But I guess Denver is not that sophisticated as of yet like Rural Metro in Aurora or South Metro Fire Rescue's.