As part of our daily duties, some of us may find that family, friends, neighbors or co-workers are receiving treatment in our facility.
We may see people we recognize in treatment areas or in hallways, or we may see their names on various reports.
It cannot be stressed enough that all of our patients, including those who may be workforce members, are entitled to the same level of privacy.
Any protected health information you come across as you do your work is not to be shared with anyone else.
Additionally, do not let your concern for loved ones get the better of you.
Don’t use the power of your password to look up anyone else’s medical information without a “legitimate business need to know”.
Your concern and caring for another person does not change the fact that looking up a record without a “legitimate business need to know” is a serious breach of HIPAA policy.