16 fired for HIPAA Violations

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    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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  2. 18 Comments...

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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    SunnyAndrsn likes this.
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    I wonder what their chances will be at finding another job.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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