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Allina Fires 32 Employees For Snooping At Patient Records

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Specializes in MDS/ UR. Has 38 years experience.

LegzRN

Specializes in CEN, CPEN, RN-BC. Has 4 years experience.

So all those health care workers get fired, but they throw the dude's name around on that website... double standard IMHO

Doesn't matter... HIPPA is specific about this; if you don't need to know, than you had better not be looking.

It is a direct violation of HIPPA to be checking out the records of the most recent celebrity admit - be it by name or their unfortunate circumstances. (Thinking about our last train accident victim...) If you do not have a direct reason to be researching the person's records, then you shouldn't have been there.

This is very explicit and not difficult to understand as well...

DeLana_RN, BSN, RN

Has 22 years experience.

I don't get it - have these 32 employees been living under a rock? Never read a paper, watch TV, look at internet news? There have been so many cases, that no one can claim they didn't know this would happen (and from what I understand, they're not disputing it).

Of all the reasons to get fired for... in this economy!

DeLana

Like Rick Roll says, "You know the rules, and so do IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!"

LegzRN

Specializes in CEN, CPEN, RN-BC. Has 4 years experience.

Doesn't matter... HIPPA is specific about this; if you don't need to know, than you had better not be looking.

It is a direct violation of HIPPA to be checking out the records of the most recent celebrity admit - be it by name or their unfortunate circumstances. (Thinking about our last train accident victim...) If you do not have a direct reason to be researching the person's records, then you shouldn't have been there.

This is very explicit and not difficult to understand as well...

It's HIPAA, not HIPPA

As Barretta once said....

If ya cant to the time, dont do the crime......

TDCHIM

Specializes in Health Information Management.

HIPAA is very specific: you don't look at patient data unless you truly need to in order to provide care, take care of coding/billing/payment matters, or to analyze it for certain purposes like finding trends in falls or med errors (when the data is aggregated and has patient identifiers removed). Unless a direct care provider needs to access the data in order to care for the patient, then s/he has no business looking at an individual's records. If Allina has a zero-tolerance policy on this, then every person who peeped at those records knew they'd be on the firing line if caught. It doesn't matter what the family members thought was an appropriate punishment or that it was something that happened "close to home". Those people broke the law and have been punished in accordance with the company's written policy.

And as for the story giving out the information - HIPAA is only binding on those involved in some part of the health care industry. It appears WCCO-TV's story is based on a combination of public records from the court case against Timothy Lamere, information supplied by Trevor Robinson's family, and statements from the hospital and the fired workers about the firings and the privacy breach that lead to them. I don't see a double standard. Trevor Robinson's family was given a choice about whether to participate in the story, but he and the other victims had no choice about unauthorized health care workers snooping through their private medical data.

PacoUSA, BSN, RN

Specializes in PCU / Telemetry. Has 8 years experience.

Send your resumes!

3dayRN

Specializes in stepdown RN.

I know nurses that constantly look to see who is in the ER. Some do it to see if we have any potential admissions. Others do it to be nosy.

I know nurses that constantly look to see who is in the ER. Some do it to see if we have any potential admissions. Others do it to be nosy.

At my hospital, even nurses looking for potential admissions have gotten in trouble and the practice has been stopped.

imintrouble, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg. Has 16 years experience.

As Barretta once said....

If ya cant to the time, dont do the crime......

:lol2: I wonder how many nurses know who Barretta was.

:lol2: I wonder how many nurses know who Barretta was.

ME! I used to love that show! :D

:lol2: I wonder how many nurses know who Barretta was.

He WAS portrayed by someone who committed first degree murder and got away with it (JMHO).

And just like anything else, discipline is applied VERY inconsistently. At my last job, an employee on the child psych unit (I don't know who it was) told her family over the dinner table that one of the neighbor kids was on the unit :eek: so of course the kids went to school the next day and told all their classmates. What happened to this employee? She was told not to do that again, but did keep her job. :uhoh3:

Also at this place, one of my old bosses' kids was undergoing a procedure, and she called the pharmacy to scream at whoever answered the phone because his orders were not entered into the computer. It turned out the pharmacy hadn't even received them yet - and what was she doing accessing her son's records, even if he was a minor? :confused: Once again, she got away with it. Maybe she got permission in advance to do this, IDK.