Patients in Minnesota and Missouri are getting notices in the mail notifying them that healthcare workers inappropriately viewed their patient records. In both cases, the offending employee was fired.
Minneapolis-based Allina Health began sending notices to affected patients on Oct. 25 after learning that one of its certified medical assistants unnecessarily accessed the electronic health records of 3,807 patients across the system.
The unauthorized access occurred between February 2010 and September 2013. The employee viewed demographic information (name, address, telephone number, date of birth), clinical information, health insurance information and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.