I have a confession to make

  1. Okay I have a confession to make. I looked up my own chart (lab test results) at work. Yes, Its a "HIPAA" violation to see you own chart or medical records, but this was a situation of potential life or death consequences. I still do not understand how looking at your OWN medical records is considered a HIPAA violation...can i have criminal charges thrown at me for looking up my own health info? Please! Gimme a break!
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  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    to look them up on your own is a reason for dismissal
    next time ask your doctor to provide you with a copy of any lab done on you, this is your right and cannot be refused
  4. by   netglow
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    to look them up on your own is a reason for dismissal
    next time ask your doctor to provide you with a copy of any lab done on you, this is your right and cannot be refused
    Please explain why looking up your own records is a reason for dismissal. You are your own "clearance" to your medical records after all. I have never heard anyone explain why, well.
  5. by   cnm in progress
    Quote from 2ndwind
    Please explain why looking up your own records is a reason for dismissal. You are your own "clearance" to your medical records after all. I have never heard anyone explain why, well.
    Can't give you a reason why... but it is what it is. You're entitled to see all of your medical records, but you have to either get them from your doctor or go through medical records. The rest of the public doesn't have the "luxury" of looking up their records any time they choose.
  6. by   highlandlass1592
    That's not exactly true of all facilities. Some facilities DO allow you access your own records and those of a minor child, that's all. What the best thing to do is find out what's policy at your facility and stick to it.
  7. by   llg
    You do not "own" your medical records. They are the proporty of the facility. You have a legal right to see them, but the records themselves are not your property. The people who own them (the facility) have an obligation to show them to you -- but they can make policies as to how and when that occurs. As the owners of the chart, they have rights, too.
  8. by   Kylea
    One of the reasons that you are not supposed to access your chart on your own at a lot of facilities is that there is a policy in place to protect you. Someone who understands what the chart says (even if you do understand it) is supposed to review that information with you. If you mis-read something or mis-understand something, you can cause yourself a lot of grief.
  9. by   FireStarterRN
    I hear all the reasons, but I think it's a dumb rule and I resent it.
  10. by   cnm in progress
    I second that it's dumb & I resent it!
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    i will have to agree with you but dumb rules are part of life
    did you see the current thread where a nurse was given 3 day suspension just for checking the name [did not open chart file] not his name but he really did not become informed of any thing about the patient
  12. by   loricatus
    This is sure a case of a 'rule made to be broken' if I ever heard one.
  13. by   dream'n
    As far as I know it is not a HIPAA violation to look up your own records. In most places though it is against institutional policy. It is a HIPAA violation to look up your spouse's, etc records though.
  14. by   Virgo_RN
    Quote from highlandlass1592
    That's not exactly true of all facilities. Some facilities DO allow you access your own records and those of a minor child, that's all. What the best thing to do is find out what's policy at your facility and stick to it.
    Our facility allows us to access our own record.

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