[ Friday, September 28, 2007 ]
Wyoming Hospital HIPAA violations:
Several Wyoming hospital workers
have been fired for improperly accessing medical records. The punished employees looked at other people's PHI, but some of the employees are in trouble still for looking at their own PHI. That's a little over the top; every patient has a right to access his/her medical records under HIPAA. In fact, that's a part of the law itself. When the employee is the patient, he/she has the right to access the information. Of course, as an employee, he/she should only access what he/she is working on, which probably isn't himself/herself. So, they have a right to the information, but the hospital probably has a right to say, when you're also an employee, you have to follow the right channels and not self-help.
Jeff [8:22 AM]
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