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I just want to make sure we're on the same page about one thing... were you aware that it is a violation of HIPAA to access information of a patient you are not working with? Your question states that you were "falsely accused" but in your question you state that you did access the information. So I'm not understanding why it's a false accusation...
Was that patient "your" patient? Were you asked to care for that patient? These are all questions that are used in the evaluation of whether there is a HIPAA violation. The fact that the two of you were accessing each other's family members is really problematic unless it was in line with your normal job responsibilities to do so.
Does that mean you were asked to determine whether this patient should come in? Were you asked by the patient? By the hospital? I'm trying to determine how you ended up accessing this patient's chart b/c based on what you've described it was at the request of a family member who knew she would get "in trouble" for doing it herself.
Unless your sister consented to this person accessing her chart it would be a violation for her to do so. the only circumstances under which it would be okay for a person to access another person's chart is if that person is doing it in the course of her employment duties. Your friend did you a favor; she was not doing it as part of HER job. Your sister did not consent to it. Therefore it's a violation of HIPAA. If I told you anything else I would be lying to you and that wouldn't be fair to you. It sounds like you may not have understood the law, but a nurse of 30+ years certainly would and she clearly violated HIPAA by accessing the chart.
So that sounds like perhaps your friend is not violating HIPAA. But did her family member give consent as well?
And the reasons for which you were accessing their charts - were they in line with your regular job duties?
If they both gave consent and it was in line with your normal job duties these patients need to corroborate that they gave consent. There's no HIPAA violation if both those conditions are met.
That's a separate service. That would be fine.
Hello again. I wanted to check in with you to see if you have any questions, and to see how everything is going with you.
Hello. I noticed you have not yet submitted a rating and therefore it remains "Open" on my end. I was wondering if you need any additional information or need me to clarify anything first. I’d be happy to do so.