In my Privacy Officer role: No, we did not allow an employee to access their own records without following the proper ROI function. We had a facility policy that said something like 'the use of the facility resources must be related to a current, business related action or need'. This was found in an administrative policy so applied to all staff and all areas. This also disallowed staff from logging onto the system from home unless they were performing currently approved work.My experience as a HIPAA privacy officer evidenced that accessing your own health records was often a slippery slope that led to other curiosities such as reviewing family and friends health records.
Strictly not allowed at our facility, nor should they be in their immediate families charts. If a family member sees the doctor the employee works for, we have them get another medical assistant to do the charting for the appointment.
The employee/patient of course has a right to their chart, but must do so like any other patient. Sign an authorization and obtain the information like any other patient.
Janet S Brant
Director of HIM
South Bend Clinic LLP
211 N Eddy Street
South Bend, IN 46617
Direct Fax (574) 204-6611
Hi,We would not allow employees to look at their record unless they went through the proper channels just as other patients do; requesting access. Additionally, for us, as a behavioral health agency, there could be information recorded that could meet one of the exception rules for access.Lynn Boyes, RHIT