Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nurse Resigns over HIPAA Privacy Breach of Electronic Protected Health Information

New developments in the HIPAA data privacy breach at the University of Iowa hospital. (see 3 Fired for Snooping on Electronic Health Records (EHR) of College Football Players )

One of the nurses who allegedly snooped on the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of university football players will be able to resign rather than be fired.
"She maintains her innocence and she told us she never wanted to work for the university again." - John Stellmach, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 12
According to her local union, if the nursed had fought her dismissal and won, it would only yield her $200 in back pay because any award would be reduced by the income from her new job, unemployment benefits, and taxes.
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Back in February the hospital announced the termination and suspensions of employees for snooping on football players who had received extensive press coverage when they were hospitalized with a muscle disorder following grueling offseason workouts.

To read the previous blog on this incident see: 3 Fired for Snooping on Electronic Health Records (EHR) of College Football Players

Sources:
(a) UI Hospitals and Clinics settle with fired nurse - Associated Press article in Chicago Tribune, April 5,2011
(b) U3 Fired for Snooping on Electronic Health Records (EHR) of College Football Players - Veriphyr Blog, February 10,2011


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