Minnesota hospital fired 5 employees for wrongly viewing medical records following George Floyd’s death

Jackie Drees –
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
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Hennepin Healthcare ended five staff members in July for wrongly seeing the medical records of “a high profile patient” after George Floyd was required to the Minneapolis-based health center in May after dying in cops custody, according to a Sept. 23 Star Tribune report.

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1. The 5 previous employees got letters alerting them of their termination for viewing a patients medical file without correct authorization, which broke Hennepin Healthcares privacy policy.

2. Star Tribune obtained the letters, which did not specifically recognize the client as Mr. Floyd but some described a “high profile client” and a case in the news. Shortly after the letters were provided, Hennepin Healthcare sent a letter to Mr. Floyds household alerting them of a privacy breach.

3. Among the previous employees, who worked as a workplace expert in the Emergency Medical Service department, stated they accessed Mr. Floyds records out of issue for “the safety of the paramedics that had actually worked on this client,” according to among the disciplinary letters.

4. Another of the previous employees confirmed looking for the clients name but rejected reading any records. All staff members included were offered the opportunity to appeal the discipline.

5. Hennepin Healthcare declined to answer the publications questions about the breach due to its policy on client confidentiality. The hospital did say they regularly complete personal privacy audits and that patients must be alerted of any breaches.

6. Mr. Floyds households legal group is “exploring all treatments” to “make this right and make the household whole for this amazing intrusion of personal privacy,” according to their declaration.

Star Tribune acquired the letters, which did not particularly identify the patient as Mr. Floyd however some referred to a “high profile client” and a case in the news. Another of the former staff members validated browsing for the clients name but rejected checking out any records. Hennepin Healthcare declined to respond to the publications questions about the breach due to its policy on client privacy. The healthcare facility did state they routinely total privacy audits and that patients need to be notified of any breaches.

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