Allina terminates employees for accessing records
Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis, terminated 28 employees at 221-bed Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minn., and four employees at 286-bed Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, Minn., for accessing patient records without a legitimate reason, said system spokesman David Kanihan. The records viewed were related to patients who were part of a well-publicized mass drug-overdose of teenagers and young adults in Blaine, Minn., which is near the two hospitals, Kanihan said. Allina conducted a special review of who accessed patient records given the attention given to the overdose. “We take our obligation to protect patient privacy very seriously,” 10-hospital Allina said in a written statement. “Our actions in this matter are completely consistent with how we have always dealt with these cases. Anything short of a zero-tolerance approach to this issue would be inadequate.” Allina has a plan to mitigate the loss of the employees at Unity, Kanihan said.