Dec 16, 2010, 08:07 AM
I am in the Army National Guard and believe that someone in my Chain of Command violated HIPPA. My unit was being deployed & I was pregnant, ended up having a miscarriage. When I sent a note from my OBGYN simply stating that I was cleared to deploy medically, but not mentally my Commander called my OBGYN and received information from them (via fax) that caused my situation to be seen in a negative light. I sought the advice of the legal department, but was told that if no great harm came to me I should drop the issue. Wasn't/isn't it illegal for my Commander to seek information & then receive it from my civilain healthcare provider? What course of action can I take to ensure this Commander doesn't get away with something illegal? I know my OBGYN should not have released the infromation, but they were under the impression they were helping me. The Commander was seeking information that did not concern them and did not share the information they received with any military medical personnel only personnel in my higher chain of command, more or less proving the information was not needed for medical clearance. Of importance to note, this person is a nurse who works in the administrative field at a hospital. Please send any advice!