A friend/family member came to the ER window and asks to go visit pt xxxx. I looked on the tracker board and saw the pts name but that the room was showing 'dirty bed' so was no longer in that room. I relayed that to the friend/family. They said they had spoke to nurse xxxx, used her name, who had been caring for this pt. I called nurse xxxx and told her family/friend was there to visit. She told me the pt had been transferred and where to. So I told the friend/family where the pt had been transferred to. This was a psych pt I learned. Did I commit a HIPAA violation by telling the friend/family where the pt was transferred to?
Any answers will be appreciated. I have been so worried over this....
May 25, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Well.....this is a sticky one depending on who was asking and your states protection laws regarding psychiatric records/privacy. I probably would have tried to find out more information about the person asking and what their relationship to the patient was and the consult with the charge nurse/supervisor as to how to proceed. I don't think it's a violation per se, but I would be more careful about psych information.
If it was a regular transfer to another hospital,like to children's or a tertiary facility, it is not a HIPAA violation to tell them where the patient has gone but not what they were transferred for....like they've been transferred to have a cath.
I want to say thank you for spelling HIPAA correctly....you'd be surprised how many who don't...
Last edit by Esme12 on May 25, '12
: Reason: sp