My question involves public health law in the State of: Washington
My husband works as an RN and floats between three hospitals in the same healthcare system. He was at one hospital and opened a patient’s chart at the hospital he worked at the day before. (it’s electronic charts) He took care of the patient and wanted to double check on his charting notes and see if he documented everything he should have. It was a complex case. He also wanted to see if the patient was doing OK.
Is this considered a HIPPA violation? His co-worker told him he could get fired for that. He was a direct caregiver. You are not allowed to late chart or double check your documentation? Just to clarify he took care of the patient the day before, opened the chart the next day from a different hospital in the same system. The purpose was to check his own documentation. He did not share any information. His co-worked asked him why he was still at the computer and he stated he was checking on patient from yesterday.