Allina fires 32 who accessed mass overdose victims' medical records
|Allina says the fired employees shouldn't have been snooping around the medical records of overdose victims.|
Allina said today it had fired the 32 for what it called "HIPAA violations." Twenty-eight of them lost their jobs at Unity Hospital and four from Mercy Hospital.
HIPAA refers to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which is supposed to protect your medical data. It's a bedrock privacy rule.
The Privacy Rule protects all "individually identifiable health information" held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral.
And digital medical records systems like the ones used by Allina are designed to be HIPAA compliant. But the protections are only as good as the integrity of the people who have access to the databases.
|Trevor Robinson-Davis died after the mass overdose in Blaine.|
The patients under the care of Unity and Mercy hospitals had all taken part in a spring break party where they overdosed on a synthetic hallucinogen called 2C-E. Eleven of the partiers had to be hospitalized.
One of them, 19-year-old Trevor Robinson-Davis, died. Timothy Richard Lamere has been charged with third degree murder in the case.
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