Ms. Jane Doe is your next door neighbor and a good friend of yours. You work in an HIM department at Main Street General Hospital. You saw that she just had an outpatient surgery three days ago at your hospital and you now see that she is out working in her flower bed. You really care about your neighbor and friend and don’t want her to overdo it after just coming home from the hospital and having had surgery. What should you do according to HIPAA privacy laws, along with your own opinion?
- What possible issues/concerns might this scenario raise?
- How could this situation become a violation of the law?
- In this situation, what are some potential negative consequences for you as a neighbor, for you as an employee, for her as a patient, and for the facility?
- What responses/actions will result in a more positive outcome and/or what proactive measures might be considered?