Is looking at your own health info a HIPPA violation? - page 2
I tried to search for this and couldn't find anything about it. Do any of you know if looking up your own personal health history such as lab work is a HIPPA violation?... Read More
Apr 22, '09Occupation: Nursing Professional Development + Academic Faculty Specialty: 38 year(s) of experience in Nursing Professional Development ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 13,488; Likes: 25,151I agree with the general consensus. Regardless of how a court of law may or may not interpret the HIPAA regulations ... facilities have been generally given the rate to control THEIR information about the work that they do and will usually not allow patients to see their own charts without proper approval and procedure.
The information may be about the patient, but that doesn't mean that it automatically belongs to the patient. Those are 2 different things.
One reason that facilities have wanted to maintain ownership and control of the charts is the chart may contain information that is about other people as well as the primary patient. For example, a family member may give the health care team some information that they do not want the patient to know. That information will be placed in the patient's chart -- but it is not even about the patient directly. There may be other information that is harmful to the patient -- particularly a patient who is at some psychological risk. Facilities have a legitmate right to control how and when such information is shared with the patient.
Finally, charts are a record of how the facility conducted its business -- and since businesses generally create, manage, and store their own business records, they are usually considered to be the "owner" of those records.
So ... facilities establish a policy and procedure that covers how and when a person can see "their" medical records so that the patient's right to see their own health information can be appropriately met while balancing the patient's rights with the OTHER rights and concerns that must be taken into consideration.