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|BigFat Irish Head||Sep 25 2012, 08:23 AM|
Only caregivers and staff directly involved in a patient's care are allowed access to a patient's private medical information/records. Information is no longer even released to family members without express permission of the patient, or unless they have been documented as the patient's health care proxy.
Emphasis on health information privacy (also known as HIPPA) is HUGE during orientation to a new position in a hospital or health care setting. Employees also are required to participate in regular ongoing education about HIPPA. Jennifer should be well aware of this.
Not only should Jennifer get fired for snooping, but she opens herself up to huge civil and/or criminal penalties. She could be subjected to large fines, imprisonment, or both.
"Criminal Penalties. A person who knowingly obtains or discloses individually identifiable health information in violation of the Privacy Rule may face a criminal penalty of up to $50,000 and up to one-year imprisonment. The criminal penalties increase to $100,000 and up to five years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves false pretenses, and to $250,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves the intent to sell, transfer, or use identifiable health information for commercial advantage, personal gain or malicious harm. The Department of Justice is responsible for criminal prosecutions under the Privacy Rule."
It doesn't matter what Jennifer suspects. It's not her place to go snooping. If she feels that strongly about it, she should bring her concerns to someone appropriate such as Kayla, or the hospital's legal counsel. But she's only interested in protecting Daniel and sweeping whatever he did under the carpet so that Nicole alone has to face consequences.
Ugh. Daniel is a big boy and chose to get involved in this mess. He is not a victim here. Jennifer should mind her own damn business.
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