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Allina employees fired over privacy violations in Blaine mass overdose case

There are 55 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 6, 2011, titled Allina employees fired over privacy violations in Blaine mass overdose case. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Allina Hospitals and Clinics has fired nearly three dozen employees for violating the federal patient privacy rule, otherwise known as HIPAA.

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lol

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 6, 2011
Come on PP, the story is lacking a lot of detail. Why were these people looking at patient records, are their criminal charges, is patient information now out in the open, what types of employees were looking at the data. It's not that hard to dig a little bit into these stories to do some actual reporting.
jilly

Hudson, WI

#2 May 6, 2011
I am employed in the healthcare field. HIPPA is pounded into your head consistently. I am happy to see Allina take action. The employees who violated this act got what they deserved, they have no business looking up patient information.
That said, I find it hard to fathom that 36 people found it necessary to check it out, violate a federal act and lose their jobs. I hope the information they got was worth it!
THE LAW

Minneapolis, MN

#3 May 6, 2011
There may not be any information that was leaked. If an employee looks into the chart just for the heck of it because it was in the news that in itself is against the law. Patients are entitled to privacy and these people were looking in the chart for entertainment. Not for an actual medical purpose. They got what they deserved.
Andy

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 6, 2011
What was the information that they were looking at? Had to be some very interesting information for 36 people to take a look at it. Was Paris Hilton in for another breast exam?
Thomas

Saint Paul, MN

#5 May 6, 2011
Andy wrote:
What was the information that they were looking at? Had to be some very interesting information for 36 people to take a look at it. Was Paris Hilton in for another breast exam?
It could be the medical chart, name, address, dob, insurance, social security number, diagnosis, parents. There is a lot of private information in a medical record.
Anonymous

Prescott, WI

#6 May 6, 2011
jilly wrote:
I am employed in the healthcare field. HIPPA is pounded into your head consistently. I am happy to see Allina take action. The employees who violated this act got what they deserved, they have no business looking up patient information.
That said, I find it hard to fathom that 36 people found it necessary to check it out, violate a federal act and lose their jobs. I hope the information they got was worth it!
If you working in health care, you should know is't "HIPAA" - not "HIPPA".
Staci

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 6, 2011
A bunch of busy-bodies without enough work to do I guess. If Allina only had microphones at the water coolers...even more would be out the door.
Nurse Lynne

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 6, 2011
These employees probably knew some of the people who were involved,because it happened right in the hospitals neighborhood. Most likely just looking to be nosy.
Diamond

Lake Elmo, MN

#9 May 6, 2011
And they want all medical records online. NOT!
No more professionals

Saint Paul, MN

#10 May 6, 2011
The NEW GENERATION is NOT professional!

They were raised with no discipline and don't know the meaning of the word.

Incompetant!
This is funny

Batesville, IN

#11 May 6, 2011
Glad to actually read about some action being taken... HIPAA is drilled in my head every day but yet I see so many loop holes... Allina employees were being nosey
HeidiLeaks

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 6, 2011
I was hoping Fox 9 would break this story.
Jhockey

Minneapolis, MN

#13 May 6, 2011
There are employees at every health care system that are nosey. Allina doesn't mess around. Those employees got what they deserved.
Andy

Saint Paul, MN

#14 May 6, 2011
But were 36 people all looking at the same information from one patient or was this a case of 36 people all looking at different information. I can understand it (not excuse it) if there is one piece of interesting information that they all looked at. But it would be different if these 36 people were all just going nuts looking at information from friends, family, neighbors, etc. Or were these just accidental incidents from people just being careless. Story is lacking some important information that would help the public determine whether or not their personal information is at risk.
WBL mommy

Hopkins, MN

#15 May 6, 2011
This is funny wrote:
Glad to actually read about some action being taken... HIPAA is drilled in my head every day but yet I see so many loop holes... Allina employees were being nosey
I agree - sounds like someone knew someone who may have been part of the overdose, and then all it takes is one person to say "not my kid" and the other to prove them wrong. Remember that old saying "curiousity killed the cat"? These nosey gossips got what they deserved.

lol

Saint Paul, MN

#17 May 6, 2011
Andy wrote:
But were 36 people all looking at the same information from one patient or was this a case of 36 people all looking at different information. I can understand it (not excuse it) if there is one piece of interesting information that they all looked at. But it would be different if these 36 people were all just going nuts looking at information from friends, family, neighbors, etc. Or were these just accidental incidents from people just being careless. Story is lacking some important information that would help the public determine whether or not their personal information is at risk.
Good questions, but the article states that they were looking at information following a drug overdose. Sounds like they were trying to see who the kids were, maybe what they had taken, etc. Maybe they wanted to see if it was someone they were selling prescription drugs to. Glad they were all fired, but then again the Unions will be stepping in and we'll probably have to give them all back pay after a long paid vacation.
info

United States

#18 May 6, 2011
for the comment on youger generation-I have witnessed nurses with 30 years experience demand patient information from employes on patients being taken care of outside their department(just to be nosy because they either know them or their family) and which this too they have NO BUSINESS doing so when they are not involved in their care to gossip and have something to talk about all day long in the department...
info

United States

#19 May 6, 2011
allina has no choice to start waking up to reality it has a very long history of this sort of illegal activity and illegal activity to cover it up....
Beavis

Saint Paul, MN

#20 May 6, 2011
lol wrote:
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Good questions, but the article states that they were looking at information following a drug overdose. Sounds like they were trying to see who the kids were, maybe what they had taken, etc. Maybe they wanted to see if it was someone they were selling prescription drugs to. Glad they were all fired, but then again the Unions will be stepping in and we'll probably have to give them all back pay after a long paid vacation.
Just gotta get that union bashing in, don't ya...
jilly

Eau Claire, WI

#21 May 6, 2011
Dinee wrote:
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If you working in health care, you should know is't "HIPAA" - not "HIPPA".
I never claimed to be typo free. I just hope someday I can be as perfect as you!

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