According to other officers I have talked to, both fire and EMS officers, they consider pictures of victims at emergency scenes, and information shared through electronic media, which is public domain, to be a violation of the HIPPA laws. Essentially, you are sharing information about the vicitims private health information, which is what the law protects. If someone that has the time right now to access the 45CFR laws and read them further that would be great, I am at work now and cant, I only have a few minutes for break.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.