A few months ago, I was a patient in the ER of the hospital where I work. Just a quick in and out, but for a reason I didn't wish anyone else but who was treating me to know about.
I never spoke to anyone outside of the ER on my visit. A few days ago another RN and I were talking and I found out that my manager had told her about my ER visit. And even embelished and fabricated some of the details (to make the story more entertaining I guess...). My manager told this RN that I had called and told her (which I didn't) and the details my manager knew, she would have only known by looking into the nurses notes from my chart or speaking to ER staff (which I don't think is the case.).
This can't be okay, right? What options do I have?
No, it is not OK. Managers are subject to the same HIPAA regs as the staff, and that includes discussing patient info with staff that is not involved in the patient's care. Is your charting done on a computer? If so, your Information Technology dept would be able to tell if your Manager accessed your chart. Your facility will have a Privacy Officer, you will need to tell the Privacy Officer your suspicions. It is the responsibility of the Privacy Officer to investigate and take action on any HIPAA violation complaints. Hope this helps.
Last edit by alia47 on Apr 29, '13
: Reason: wordage