HIPPA violation if the patient isn't in your facility? - page 7

The situation: A nurse knows a friend is pregnant and outs the pregnancy on Facebook. The patient goes to a different hospital and doesn't receive care in the same facility the nurse works in. The... Read More

  1. by   Jolie
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that the OP chose to transfer care to the clinic where her former friend is employed after knowing that the former friend shared news of her pregnancy, yet wants to report the former friend for a non-existent HIPAA violation.

    If I were the manager of this clinic and the OP came to me with this story, I would respectfully decline to accept this patient. In the real world, there are clients who are simply not worth the trouble they bring to a business. This is one of those instances.
  2. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Jolie
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that the OP chose to transfer care to the clinic where her former friend is employed after knowing that the former friend shared news of her pregnancy, yet wants to report the former friend for a non-existent HIPAA violation.

    If I were the manager of this clinic and the OP came to me with this story, I would respectfully decline to accept this patient. In the real world, there are clients who are simply not worth the trouble they bring to a business. This is one of those instances.
    Good for you!

    And again -- imagine my surprise that the "friend" doesn't like the OP!
  3. by   JadedCPN
    Really?? You have nothing better to do at this stage in your life with your age, marriage, and now blessing of a pregnancy that instead you are dead set on potentially ruining someone's career simply because YOU got butthurt?! Sweet jesus if that isn't the most petty immature thing I've heard in a while.
    You can say she was a crappy friend (although if your husband didn't tell her it was a secret/not to say anything, then she truly did nothing wrong at all). But you need to grow up and move on.
  4. by   Lottie Spence
    I'm not clear on the surrounding circumstances. If the friend told the nurse as her friend in confidence, then the nurse shouldn't have outed her on FACEBOOK. But, I don't see how the nurse violated HIPPA because it didn't say anything about the nurse accessing and medical records to get the information. Maybe she should reconsider their friendship.
  5. by   Lottie Spence
    I'm not clear on the surrounding circumstances. If the friend told the nurse as her friend in confidence, then the nurse shouldn't have outed her on FACEBOOK. But, I don't see how the nurse violated HIPPA because it didn't say anything about the nurse accessing any medical records to get the information. Maybe she should reconsider their friendship.
  6. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from MoonlightRose
    I wasn't sure if spreading private medical information only applied if the patient was receiving care in the same facility. So she's off the hook on a technicality.
    Actually, she was never on the hook to begin with...that is, UNLESS she was directly involved in the care you received at the facility--as in she was your assigned nurse--or if it could be proven that she accessed your EMR.

    So while your friend might have been a jerk, she hasn't violated any law.

    Sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear.

    Congratulations on the pregnancy!
  7. by   candacern59217
    Every time I see someone talk about someone else's pregnancy on Facebook, I question if said pregnant person allowed them to blab the info. Part of me wants to call them out... but I refrain.
  8. by   Jory
    It depends. Did this person tell the nurse in the context of a FORMAL nurse/patient relationship or is the nurse and this pregnant person friends?

    The first is a HIPAA violation.

    The second is just a crappy friend.

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