UCLA hospitals To Pay $865,500 For Privacy Breeches
- 0Jul 8, '11 by DoGoodThenGoNot even a million, no wonder hospitals by and large don't take things seriously.
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- 0Jul 8, '11 by cherryames1949With the switch to electronic charting this issue becomes more urgent. Health care institiutions will have to do much more employee education. Criminal charges are connected to these violations and jail time is involved. Tracers and continual audits will need to be implemented to safeguard patient confidentiality and protect the integrity of patient records. It can be done but only if there is a commitment by the powers that be. With larger fines it will be to the hospitals benefit to become more vigilant.
- 1Jul 12, '11 by BeachPrincessQuote from ITSSOSIMPLEEXACTLY!!! I refuse to seek treatment at my hospital. I've seen many co workers access other co workers info and its been reported to management and nothing is still done.I've seen this kind of behavior at every hospital I've ever worked at. It's no wonder employees don't like to seek care at the same facility they work at.
- 1Jul 18, '11 by DoGoodThenGoQuote from RuthfarmerIf you couldn't get a hefty fine out of the OP case, one that was basically open and shut then don't fancy your chances of doing any better in future.Perhaps civil suits would result in hefty judgments. That might be what's necessary to make administration and staff take confidentiality seriously.
Start prosecuting and dish out mandatory jail time. Making an example by sending offenders away for a few months with "Big Bertha" or I'm your cellmate "Mike" and you're going to squeal like a pig ought to send the proper message.
It's like Medicare/Medicaid fraud. Large hospitals or healthcare systems engage in it until they get caught. Then all they do is say it was an "error" and pay back some or all of the money plus perhaps a small fine. If a few CEOs, presidents and others in on the game were convicted and sent away, bet things would change.
Or, perhaps start hauling doctors, nurses and others in for hearings about suspending and or taking away their licences. That would get their attention as well.
- 1Jul 18, '11 by RuthfarmerThere's a significant difference between the fines imposed by a regulatory agency and the damages awarded by a judge or jury in a civil case in which a breech and damages have been proven.
The proceedings are quite different, as are the dynamics.