With our new EMR there have surfaced a few questions.
A- I can now see the E.R. status board, and it seems a nice tool to see what "might" be coming up to the floor. Is this a HIPPA violation? Is it illegal for me/us to simply see what is going on that may directly affect us up on the floor?
B- Once we get notification that Pt X is being admitted it is nice to open their chart, when they are in E.R. to go through history, PTS meds etc. in order to know the SBAR well. Too many times the report we get is lacking in pertinent info, so this has been a welcome development. When does this become a HIPPA violation?
C- I work at 2 different facilities, I can see each facility in our network through EMR and can glance at the facility I am working at "tomorrow" just to get a feel for IF they will need me or not. When does this become a violation?
There are probably a few more, basically I don't want to put myself in harms way with all this new technology. Some of my fellow RN's are liberal about it, and I see their point, and some are very paranoid and say that we can't do anything like I have mentioned here. Come to think of it, our Facility (Corporation) would have served us well to have an education class on this topic...