Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Thousands Of Medical Records

Posted on: July 12, 2011

A nurse stands accused of illegal access of Medical Records.  The Scan Man believes that the blame on the nurse is warranted, however the real blame belongs to the hospital.  Had Memorial Hospital taken their HIPAA responsibility seriously, this breach would not be possible.  Read on.

Memorial Health SystemA nurse who worked for Memorial Hospital is accused of accessing 2,500 medical records for personal use. Investigators say Lori Niell was accessing these records without a medical, billing, or operational reason.

Memorial Chief Executive Officer Dr. Larry McEvoy said they are both saddened and angered by the accusations.

“People entrust us with their lives and most intimate details. They turn to us for safety, privacy and respect, and that’s a special trust we take seriously,” McEvoy said in a statement.

Memorial has since formed a task force to increase security, to prevent something like this from happening again. They’re also exploring other computer systems that will detect unusual medical record activity more quickly.”

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