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Good afternoon, my name is Brandon. I am so sorry to hear how this event unfolded. HIPAA protects, in part, against the disclosure of individually identifiable health information, regardless of whether the recipient has prior knowledge of the medical information. I don't see that you made a moral error in making the disclosure; it was merely a technical error. However, hospitals have no reasonable choice but to take HIPAA violations extremely seriously, even if they are only technical in nature. 999 times out of 1000, nobody would bat an eye at your disclosure, but (as you said) the wife is not mentally well and confrontational, and this apparently is her way of trying to exercise control over her situation. Let me know if further clarification is needed, and please remember to leave a rating once you are finished (it is the only way I am credited). Thanks.
Okay. I just don't understand how it's private information when the patients family has been aware of it numerous times. This is most likely going to cost me my job now and your saying there's nothing I can do. I am just in the wrong period?