Allina fires 32 who accessed mass overdose victims' medical records

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Allina says the fired employees shouldn't have been snooping around the medical records of overdose victims.
Your medical records are supposed to be private, but that evidently didn't stop 32 Allina Hospitals employees from prying into the business of patients associated with March's mass overdose episode in Blaine.

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.

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Trevor Robinson-Davis died after the mass overdose in Blaine.
That integrity was evidently lacking among the 32 employees Allina fired. They had no legitimate reason to access the victims' records--but did anyway. It's not clear whether they kept the medical data to themselves or told others about what they'd found.

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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4 comments
Mn Dad
Mn Dad

Sad situation. One idiot supplies drugs. Another idiot takes drugs. That idiot dies leaving a bastard child. MMMM....Give the nurses their jobs back, they only wanted to protect innocent children - theirs. HIPAA was meant to protect movie stars and politicians not drug users.

Fatsoshellybren
Fatsoshellybren

Dont ever talk about my grandson like that you mother fucker. I bet your kid commits suicide from his/her horrible life you provide. Go to church and learn how to mourn you souless bastard.

Jilleve1
Jilleve1

You are a fucking idiot. You obviously have no clue what your talking about. It is the law. And don't ever call my grandson a bastard child. His father was taking from this earth from no fault of his own. He too should of been protected. Mn /dad wow I feel so sorry for your children cause you have no clue how to raise normal teenagers. You my sir should rot in hell and you should of never had children. Better yet lets kill your child and see what you say then. Hospital staff has laws and they need to abide by them or lose jobs. Hate to see what profession you have. i think everyone calls it trolling.

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