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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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mike

Winona, MN

#42 May 6, 2011
I sure hope it was worth trashing your career to satisfy your curiosity. As you struggle to find a new job, please keep us advised on if your adventure was worth it.
permit holder

Guntown, MS

#43 May 7, 2011
the former sheriff of ramsey county county violated privacy laws using gun permit holder's private data for personal gain. He lost the election but not his job. He hid behind the lawyer's of the county.

PUBLIC CORRUPTION
This really smells

Minneapolis, MN

#44 May 7, 2011
This really smells suspicious on Allina's end. Seems like a cover up from the Big Medical Business Machine. Hiding behind confidentiality? LOL!
Jimmy Dean

Portland, OR

#45 May 7, 2011
Lotsa do-gooders out there this morning. I hope all you idiots that think firing people over this get pulled over for going 2 mph over the speed limit and plead with the cop to give you a break.

losers...
Jimmy Dean

Portland, OR

#46 May 7, 2011
permit holder wrote:
the former sheriff of ramsey county county violated privacy laws using gun permit holder's private data for personal gain. He lost the election but not his job. He hid behind the lawyer's of the county.
PUBLIC CORRUPTION
Your mom violated the laws of humanity when she didn't abort you. You are the definition of spam.
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#47 May 7, 2011
This really smells wrote:
This really smells suspicious on Allina's end. Seems like a cover up from the Big Medical Business Machine. Hiding behind confidentiality? LOL!
You might need an extra layer of foil to line your hat.
handy danday

Saint Paul, MN

#48 May 7, 2011
Dinee wrote:
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If you working in health care, you should know is't "HIPAA" - not "HIPPA".
Show off!
handy danday

Saint Paul, MN

#49 May 7, 2011
Diamond wrote:
And they want all medical records online. NOT!
Too late! It's all going electronic. We don't have a choice.
handy danday

Saint Paul, MN

#50 May 7, 2011
Just me again wrote:
<quoted text>I think they were just curious; they were wrong, but I don't think they were malicious. I know people who do stuff like this all the time (not necessarily medical snooping), and they are just extremely curious, snoopy people who have to know everything about everything. It's too bad...they probably won't find jobs out there in healthcare anymore.
They shouldn't be hired where they have access to sensitive information. It doesn't matter if they were malicious or not; they didn't have a medical reason to be looking up information. Everyone deserves to have their medical records kept confidential. Zippa your lippa for Hipaa! Keep your nose out of other people's business.
handy danday

Saint Paul, MN

#51 May 7, 2011
Little White Cup wrote:
What do you people expect? You pay $42 for a $3000 MRI, while the rest of us pick-up the tab. I'm surrounded by hypochondriacs, and it's getting old.
Back in the day, sick people were written off - now they get back-rubs and chat sessions with "psychotherapists" on our dime. And then they complain that their info was looked-up. Stay away from doctors, how's that sound- nobody's forcing you to use western medicine ran by the medical-pharmaceutical-hospita l cartels.(oh, wait they are.. see child vaccine ordinances that are enforced using our police)
Eat something other than hotpockets and beer for once and see how you feel.
Cue the venom..:)
This sounds like a soapbox for a totally different issue; such as welfare assistance.....and I agree with you. However, it does not mean because I pay their medical bills, that their medical information is subject to examination by anyone without a medical need to see it.
healthcare worker

Circle Pines, MN

#52 May 8, 2011
the electric medical records is just like another computer system ...they (employer) can track everyone who has been in a patients chart.. i work for a healthcare clinic and our superviser gets a report of who was in whose chart ..one click is all it takes...wow not very bright people!!!!!
Linda

Saint Paul, MN

#53 May 8, 2011
On second thought maybe they were trying to find out if their kids were involved.
Staci

Saint Paul, MN

#54 May 9, 2011
Linda wrote:
On second thought maybe they were trying to find out if their kids were involved.
The police would have told them that.
HIPAA

Minneapolis, MN

#55 May 11, 2011
It doesn't matter what they were doing in the record or how long they were in there. If they had no direct care with the patients they were in violation of HIPAA. Whenever there is a complaint by a patient or family member suspecting a breach, or a high profile case that is in the media, reports can be run immediately showing each employee that has touched the chart. What part for how long, if changes were made, etc. The investigation gives the employee a chance to explain if they were in there by error. (eg. I typed the wrong name, I was covering for his/her nurse, etc.) That done, no excuse, FIRED. That is the way it should be. WAY TO GO ALLINA.
Jhockey

Minneapolis, MN

#56 May 12, 2011
When you start at Allina they make it crystal clear that you will be fired if they catch you doing this. We all have access because you may need to touch one chart or another during your day, but there is no excuse for peeking at a chart a person doesn't belong in.
Just me again wrote:
<quoted text>I think they were just curious; they were wrong, but I don't think they were malicious. I know people who do stuff like this all the time (not necessarily medical snooping), and they are just extremely curious, snoopy people who have to know everything about everything. It's too bad...they probably won't find jobs out there in healthcare anymore.

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