16 fired for HIPAA Violations

  1. 0 Staff including doctors fired over HIPAA violations in Houston.


    TV news: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...cal&id=7137559

    Newspaper:
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/6738856.html
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 27, '09 : Reason: Revised link to news report
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  3. Visit  pagandeva2000 profile page
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    Well, the resident had just as much of a right to her privacy as any other patient receiving service at that facility. It is unfortunate, but I believe this happens more often when we would like to think.
    Daly City RN and cjmjmom like this.
  4. Visit  citylights89 profile page
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    Oh boy, not Ben Taub! The perils of a county hospital. I remember when my mom used to work there in the lab when I was little and the people there can be kinda ???? and that was just for a few months before she left. In nursing school and from the general public I've heard some things about them, none that I have seen with my own eyes though because I haven't started clinicals there. Its sad that everyone and their mama had to look at the gal's records. Come on now, ya'll know better! Did they not learn ANYTHING about HIPAA? At least they're an excellent trauma center...they'll just read your records.
  5. Visit  Batman24 profile page
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    I feel not one drop of sympathy for them. They knew what they were doing was wrong and did it anyway. They deserved to be fired.
    DARLA766, Not_A_Hat_Person, Kringe38, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  RN4JC profile page
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    Considering we are not even allowed to look at our OWN medical records, what made them think they could look at someone elses? I think if they were that "concerned" they should have visited her. Curiosity killed the cat...there is a reason those old sayings are around.........
    VegetasGRL03RN likes this.
  7. Visit  manncer profile page
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    I don't know...it seems way too extreme a punishment, for something that goes on all the time. I think a pay period without pay and extensive re-education would do more good.
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  8. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    I wonder what their chances will be at finding another job.
  9. Visit  samswim4 profile page
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    Quote from manncer
    I don't know...it seems way too extreme a punishment, for something that goes on all the time. I think a pay period without pay and extensive re-education would do more good.
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    Well, the reason it goes on all the time is because actions like this are not being taken! It is AGAINST THE LAW to look at patient records of whom you are not taking care of. How would you like it, if you as a nursing student, had to be hospitalized and all of your classmates looked at your records during their clinicals?! Not cool!
    IllinoisCCEMT-P and DARLA766 like this.
  10. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from manncer
    I don't know...it seems way too extreme a punishment, for something that goes on all the time. I think a pay period without pay and extensive re-education would do more good.
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    The point of the law and policies is to stop this going on "all the time." They're getting off easy getting fired. If the Feds get involved, it could be a big fine and/or prison time.
    Last edit by elkpark on Nov 29, '09
    IllinoisCCEMT-P likes this.
  11. Visit  Daly City RN profile page
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    >>>>>>>>>>>

    This should serve a warning to all. Whenever you log in to your hospital's computer, you WILL leave an electronic "fingerprint".

    A few clicks of a button and your superiors will know who accessed whose medical record.

    If you are not directly involved in the care of a patient, then you have no business peering into that patient's medical records, period.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    IllinoisCCEMT-P and SunnyAndrsn like this.
  12. Visit  nightnursecarol profile page
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    Quote from mrincc
    Staff including doctors fired over HIPAA violations in Houston.


    TV news: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...cal&id=7137559

    Newspaper:
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/6738856.html


    Isn't it interesting that they fired "nurses, managers, and clerks", but conveniently failed to mention doctors??? Let's be real here, this happens all the time, but the firing took place, because it is a doctor. I'm sure the majority of those who broke the hippa regulation were her direct colleagues and friends. In other words, DOCTORS, but none was fired. Go figure.
    morte likes this.
  13. Visit  AnnieNHRN profile page
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    They did fire doctors.
    "All 16 have been fired and they range from doctors to supervisors to staff nurses, not only at Ben Taub, but across the entire hospital district."

    I should print this at work and see if this will stop all the people looking up "Auntie's bloodwork" or "Oh, look who's in the ER again" etc. They should know they're job is on the line.
  14. Visit  suejara profile page
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    They should of known better and resisted the temptation to "peek" at her chart. They are also not too bright seeing that in this electronic age you can easily be tracked down.

    It also worries me because if you are logged into a computer and another staff member uses your account to be nosy, then it looks like you where the culprit.

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