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Worried about prospective employers looking at my medical record

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by Jibya Jibya (New) New Nurse Student

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Hey everyone,

So I just moved and am trying to find a new doctor.  I have been very hesitant to see anyone yet because I'm paranoid about what's in my medical record maybe someday being seen by a prospective employer.  I know it's a HIPAA violation for prospective employers to look at that stuff but I was wondering if anyone knew of this every happening anyway.  Can administrative people get away with looking at anyone's medical record?  I obviously am clueless as to how HIPAA is policed.  Thanks everyone!

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Jory has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNM.

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This is a very realistic question.

When I used to work in case management, I had access to every patient in the hospital.  There were no records of which floor I was assigned to that day, we didn't keep records if a patient on another floor and that case manager needed help, if someone just needed to see me for a minute, etc.  

In other words, I could technically access any chart in that hospital and it would never raise a red flag of any level.

Now....back to your question.

This isn't anything I personally worry about....is there something in particular you are worried about? Someone? If you are that worried, see an out-of-town provider.  I work in a rural area and understand your concern.  The six degrees of separation is more like two.  

Providers don't have time to go through charts and just randomly pull up patients to see who has come in or go through applicants to see if they have ever been there.  

 

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I suffer from anxiety/depression, ptsd from rape, and had a major depressive episode when I was pregnant.  These have never come in conflict with my practice.  Caring for others, fortunately, gets me out of my own head and I've never experienced panic attacks at work.  I also had a script from a previous doc for PRN ativan which I used sparingly.  When I went to a new doctor a while back and in a different town and requested that I resume my regimen of prozac and PRN ativan, the med student drug tested me then put in the note that I had taken the medication from a friend a day before which is not what I had told him.  I had said that my partner recognized the intensity of my panic attack and suggested I take my med.  So now I have that following me around.  All of it looks like a mess on paper that I really don't want to be judged by.

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