Al­lina ter­mi­nates em­ploy­ees for ac­cess­ing records

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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.

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