It is a violation of the hospital policy if the policy is updated and it is a HIPAA violaition.
It doesn't matter if it is a test result or any other part of your medical record.
Check out this link: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/
HIPAA itself is quite lenghtly. The federal regulations = laws also have a standard you might say dictionary to tell you what certain words mean EVERYTIME they are used. You should know how to read these. Like when "must" is use, it means that there is no room for intrepretation or flexability. It must be exactly what they write.
This site also has a link to file a complaint if you think you records have been violated.
The best thing is to not go against your hospital policy. If the policy is at fault the hospital will be held liable. If you are at fault for using the policy then you can be find.
I dug a little further and this is the actual HIPAA regulation: http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp/pl104191.htm
it also includes the definitions.
The fine can maxes out at 25,000 per calendar year.
However, this what not meant to keep your record from you. It was meant to protect you record. I think one of the first sections of the regulation states the purpose.
If anyone could get your info can you imagine how a health insurance company might reject your policy renewal if they new you had Diabetes or HIV?
There has been a system for accessing your record for years. Its like everything else we have to respect the systems. All or nothing. there is no inbetween.
I think I am going to sign off on this thread. I just hope that students don't get the wrong impression from others opinions. As new nurses it is common to assume what you see others do to be correct. Keep your good habits because you will see plenty of lazy or poor habits.
I hope these links will help those of you who are truely interested in looking at HIPAA.
Have a happy New Year .............