Tuesday, December 1, 2009

16 Employees Fired (HOUSTON)

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Eyewitness News has learned that 16 employees of the Harris County Hospital District - most of whom worked at Ben Taub General Hospital - were fired last week for allegedly looking through patients' confidential medical information.

The fired employees range from supervisors to assistants. A source tells Eyewitness News some of the information accessed is that of a Ben Taub doctor who was robbed and shot late last month.

According to a source, they were all interested in just one patient, Dr. Stephanie Wuest, a first-year medical resident who was shot multiple times late last month during an attempted robbery. She was taken to Ben Taub, where she also works. http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7137559

MIAOULIS NOTE:  The hospital took strong action, but all hospitals should review their audit trails, sanction processes and training to determine if they are adequate.    Important to note EVERYTIME you have a breach, ask yourself, has MY organization done enough to prevent this?  What more should we do to prevent this in the future.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This further emphasizes the point that training and a "security" minded organizational culture are key. Even though Ben Taub did everything correctly after the breach, they still got plenty of media attention and had to report it to the goverment. No bueno.

Mike said...

Yes it is true due to lack of knowledge and proper HIPAA Training, many of the hospital as well as covered entity staff gets in such a situation of violating hipaa security and privacy laws. The breaching of vital patient information happens, and this will happen as long as a proper HIPAA training is not provided to the concern person handling the patient information. It is having said that many of the hospital staff including the doctors are unaware about the hipaa security and privacy law and accidentally breach out the vital patient information, and to avoid such incidence HIPAA Training is only one of the most important option. So if he or she is a doctor, nurse, MT or any concern person handling the patient information, he/she has to go through the HIPAA Training. Here is one of the website http://hipaatraining.net/ that can help healthcare organization, covered entities as well as individual seeking HIPAA Training