Quote from laney_
I almost think it would have been a violation had I used her phone number or e-mail from the office vs. what I did??? So confused!
Actually I'm pretty sure accessing her information at the office to get her email or phone number when not needing/using it for healthcare realted reasons IS a HIPAA violation.
Due to knowing her from work it may have been better to ask your friend or sister to pass on your congratulations to her instead of asking for her e-mail. Either a sealed hand writen note, or to forward an email to her if it was something that your friend or sister reading would not be an issue. That way there could be no question of your reasoning for asking, and you would not be getting her email if she did not wish for you to have it. I'm not sure the nature of the competition, but maybe it was something she did not wish to share with that individual, or feels like it is bragging, which is why she just stated it is a private matter, if it is something she wished to share with your friend, then she probably would have instead of saying its a private matter....you could point that out to your friend if she continues to dog you about it that it is HER private matter and if she wished to share it with them she would have, and it is none of your business to share, and make it clear that you are no longer going to discuss the matter or field guesses.
It would probably be a good idea to appologise to her for asking someone for her email, since she may not have wished for you to have it, as well as provoking the curiosity of someone about something that she may concider a private matter, and you don't know if your friend is dogging her as well. And for that matter, you didn't mention if she knows your sister, or knows that your sister IS your sister. If it is a competion that she considers a private matter, she may not know how you know about it. If she doesn't know, and you didn't already tell her, you probably should. You can never go wrong with appologising for something you feel you did wrong or didn't approch in the right manner.