This is so stupid. Has anyone had the privilage of going to the Dr. lately? I have signed more HIPPA sheets than I can count, it has to stop. I do not want to walk into a Dr. office and have to sign that stupid piece of paper. I went for a test in another builing and guess what. I had to sign another sheet of paper. It is so insane. Who came up with this nonsense and who can you complain to. I go to the Dr. all the time and if your concerned about your medical information getting into the wrong hands then be more concerned with the receptionists sitting out in open ear shot of the pt's. I have heard more private medical info come out of their mouths than at any other time. It just seems like one more pain in an otherwise painful process. Ok, getting down off my soap box.
May 19, '03
Hippa is ridiculous.
Patient is 33 weeks pregnant in preterm labor her mother at her side most of the day while we tried (unsuccessfully) to stop her labor. Her mother had to leave to pick up kids from school.
After she left the doctor comes in and we ship the patient 30 miles north to a higher level OB ward.
An hour later the mother calls to talk to patient. All we could tell her was that she was no longer here. We couldn't even say she was transported to another hospital much less tell her how to contact her. It was really sad and I'm sure the mother thinks we are totally uncaring even though I told her I was deeply sorry and that it was a new law we had to follow.
We can't afford to bend the rules at all, there are Hippa spy's in our hospital that try to trick you into giving info and if your caught you can be disciplined. Not to mention if anyone turns you in you can get a $50,000 fine or 10 years in prison. From what I have been told it doesn't even have to be the persons who's info you revel that turns you in. So if some jerk hears you giving out info they can turn you in. Scary
I can't even comprehend why patients would want this level of privacy. I can see why people wouldn't want others to know about pregnancy or STD's but appendectomy? Come on who cares?
We were also told that police holds violate Hippa. Used to be that when the police brought us a suspect from medical treatment we would call them at discharge and they would come and arrest them but know they just walk out the front door and the police have to catch them again.
We have become victims of our own privacy very very sad
Last edit by Dayray on May 19, '03