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Provider Fires 32 Employees for HIPAA Violations

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 9, 2011

More than 30 employees of Allina Hospitals and clinics were fired May 5 for HIPAA violations, reports Kare 11. The provider alleges that the 32 employees, without authorization, looked up the electronic health records of 12 patients who were hospitalized for a mass drug overdose. Allina notes the employees did not have "legitimate patient care reasons" to look into the sensitive data. An Allina spokesman adds, "We take our obligation to protect patient privacy very seriously...anything short of a zero-tolerance approach to this issue would be inadequate."  
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