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A colleague wrote in a patient chart "the round CV Surgery PA (I am the on PA on the CV Surgery team) who examined the patient on 1/4/18 has subsequently been diagnosed with influenza a." This was done around a discussion with the patient to notify him of an exposure and need for prophylaxis.

Lawyer's Assistant: Was this discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?

With my supervisor who sent it to institutional compliance. 10 1/2 weeks ago. No adjudication on the matter has been made.

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Does this represent a HIPPA violation. My colleague knew my health information. I allowed my colleagues to know because they were exposed to me. Infection control and risk management were contacted and patients for whom I cared were to be told they had an exposure and offered treatment. One colleague saw 3 of my patients and writes notes. Two did not disclose my information and one note is as I wrote it above. I feel this represents a HIPPA violation. It was not pertinent to that patient’s care who had influenza. Of note, I was seen by my physician the previous day and told I had a post-viral cough. When I went to work that morning I did not have a fever and didn’t feel too badly. Exposing people was incidental. I was hospitalized for four days. This case has been with compliance for 11 weeks without adjudication.
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