Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Nurse Illegally Accessed Patient Records

A registered nurse with a history of narcotics thefts has been accused of illegally accessing a state database of prescription records for 1 million Minnesotans.

It seems the nurse's access to the database was not shut off when his job was assigned to someone else. As a result he was able to illegally access patient records for eight months until an audit found the error.

"Yes, it’s very clear under federal law and state law that you can only access the data when you have a need to access the data."
- Minnesota Board of Pharmacy executive director Cody Wiberg
Unfortunately it's not uncommon for access rights to be left active after an employee leaves their position. Therefore frequent auditing of who has which access rights must be done on a regular basis. This is easily accomplished with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient Records - www.Minnesota.CBS.com, 03/02/2015

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