Is this something to pursue further??
At my current facility, I had a very co dependent patient who is so focused on my personal life. I recently had surgery and while I was out the patient came in to have a visit with the MD I work with. This particular MD was asked by the patient why haven't I been at work and why was I missing so many days and the MD told him I had surgery and the exact type of surgery I had. When I returned to work, I was informed by the other staff members that the patient came up to the front desk and told everyone what this MD told him. I then starting receiving calls from the patient leaving messages that he was aware of the surgery I had and if I would have told him he could have sent me a card. Now I am livid and extremely upset, I then went to this MD and asked if she told the patient this, she states 'yes.' I then told her to never tell any patients my personal business especially this patient because he is so fascinated when I am at work or have scheduled days off. I then reported all this to my supervisor and the privacy officer at my facility. I was told by the privacy officer that he will open an investigation and the MD would be counseled. My supervisor end up sending me an email stating that my incident was not a HIPAA violation because the MD who told the patient my information, is not my treating doctor. She also states, "this should be a learning experience for me to not disclose my personal information." I was so upset that I emailed my supervisor back telling her that "I didn't tell everyone in the office, it was only told to a selected few, whom I told personally, and that no employee should ever disclose any personal information to patients, and regardless of, I feel that my privacy has been violated." Of course I did not get a response back, but I am wondering if I should let it be or pursue this harder?