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wtf: At Least 50 Northwestern Hospital Employees Fired for Accessing Smollett’s Profile, Records

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/northwestern-memorial-hospital-employees-fired-jussie-smsollett-records-506838591.html
At least 50 employees may have been fired from Northwestern Memorial Hospital for accessing the medical profile and records of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett without authorization, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

One of those employees - identified simply as Susan, to protect her identity - said that with one click of her mouse, she was fired from her job as a surgical nurse last week.

"Simply put, it was just morbid curiosity," she said. "I went into the charting system and started to search his name."

"I clicked just once," Susan said. "I never clicked into his chart."
Read the full article at the link.
 

Cort

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Nov 4, 2017
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HIPAA is one of the best things that's ever happened in the last 25 years.
 

BreezyLimbo

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Oct 25, 2017
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I would say it's deserved. You don't go accessing profiles you don't have permission to, and I wonder how many of those people thought they could go to TMZ with 'hot scoops'.
 

Avitus

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Oct 25, 2017
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Wondering why they would think this wouldn't raise major HIPAA flags. Gotta be pretty dumb.
 

Syriel

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Dec 13, 2017
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This is a good thing.

Hospitals are required by law to do this, but many companies that deal with the public have similar policies in place.

If you're pulling up private information without authorization, you're not protecting client privacy.
 

gcubed

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Oct 25, 2017
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Morbid curiosity isn't an excuse for stupidity when you should know better... and if you didn't know better you shouldn't have been in the job in the first place
 

Funyarinpa

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Oct 26, 2017
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Good. Nobody who does this shit deserves to be in a position where they have power over vulnerable people
 

-2B-

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Sep 23, 2018
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yes this is expected. They should know better then to look at records for patients they are not seeing. I work in a hospital and we get regular training not to do this stuff.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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They knew better. We have to take several trainings on personal health information and its something that's taken very seriously.
 

Slayven

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Oct 25, 2017
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Good that is how the system works. Every time I go to the doctor HIPPA is drilled int my head, so health care people should know it
 

OtherWorldly

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Dec 3, 2018
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The law is very strict. We went through it’s training again and again and again until it’s part of muscle memory. You will even get fired for accessing your dying child’s records if you are not part of team assigned to the child
 

Miletius

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Oct 25, 2017
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I mean I hate to say it, but a lot of these people probably thought they could get paid by discreetly providing information to tabloid organizations that were seeking information about his status. So yeah, if they did that, then they deserve to be fired. Sorry. Like others have said above, HIPAA makes medical organizations take this stuff very seriously.
 
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I mean I hate to say it, but a lot of these people probably thought they could get paid by discreetly providing information to tabloid organizations that were seeking information about his status. So yeah, if they did that, then they deserve to be fired. Sorry. Like others have said above, HIPAA makes medical organizations take this stuff very seriously.
Yup

Someone wanted that TMZ clout and check
 
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I mean I hate to say it, but a lot of these people probably thought they could get paid by discreetly providing information to tabloid organizations that were seeking information about his status. So yeah, if they did that, then they deserve to be fired. Sorry. Like others have said above, HIPAA makes medical organizations take this stuff very seriously.
Yeah, I imagine that was the motivation too. TMZ was not shy about throwing out stories about Smollet last month.
 

Volimar

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Oct 25, 2017
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Hospitals don't screw around with HIPAA. Where did they think they were, a nursing home?
 

Euphony

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Oct 25, 2017
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They really hammer down how important HIPAA is during training and the repercussions if you do break it. Incredibly stupid of them. Going to be really hard to find work for those fired after this.
 

Armaros

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Oct 25, 2017
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Hospitals don’t fuck around with HIPAA and doubly so for celebrities.

There is always a host of firings related to celebrities going to the hospital and people being tempted to peek.
 

SeanM

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Oct 26, 2017
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It's great that they take this stuff seriously, but shouldn't the access to these records be way more strict to prevent this from happening in the first place?

It's crazy to me that dozens of employees could simply pull up a celebrities private medical records out of "curiosity." Like even when I try to do a simple price match at Best Buy it requires a manager to come over and authorize it. I would expect hospitals to be way more secure.
 

Cort

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Nov 4, 2017
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They really hammer down how important HIPAA is during training and the repercussions if you do break it. Incredibly stupid of them. Going to be really hard to find work for those fired after this.
In the major retailer I work for too, it's constantly mentioned in our training. Like I feel like you'd be absolutely fucked if you violated HIPAA, it would be difficult to get another job where you can view PHI.
 

Vinnie20

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Kind of stupid that they now have to spend the resource to retrain 50 people. They could have hand out displinary actions.

I worked for a call center. You usually only get fired for this stuff if you are stupid to tell it outside of the company (post it or tell some client info to your family) I used to check Seinfeld's account and know how many cable boxes he had.
 

GameAddict411

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Oct 26, 2017
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100% fault of the employees. HIPAA was created for this very reason. Intrusion of privacy is a big deal and doctors fucking around in patient records is literal power abuse. I have no doubt that there are many instances where doctors have leaked private information and never got caught. But they will eventually. If you ask any medical professional, they will tell you that #1 career suicide move is to fuck with HIPAA. Malpractice doesn't even come close. I am glad it exists.
 

Morrison71

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Oct 27, 2017
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It's great that they take this stuff seriously, but shouldn't the access to these records be way more strict to prevent this from happening in the first place?

It's crazy to me that dozens of employees could simply pull up a celebrities private medical records out of "curiosity." Like even when I try to do a simple price match at Best Buy it requires a manager to come over and authorize it. I would expect hospitals to be way more secure.
Hospitals have access to a lot of information. It’s pretty sad but if you use our system and not what the nurse’s use, you likely would never have been caught. A lot depends on the software you are using. I know a ton of people who have violated hippa but won’t get caught. It’s really sad.
 

Psychoward

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Nov 7, 2017
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I was just tryna violate confidentiality of a human being against federal privacy laws, nothing more than that.


Imagine being arrogant enough to not only do that but complain about it afterwards.
 

Tapiozona

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Oct 28, 2017
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Kind of stupid that they now have to spend the resource to retrain 50 people. They could have hand out displinary actions.

I worked for a call center. You usually only get fired for this stuff if you are stupid to tell it outside of the company (post it or tell some client info to your family) I used to check Seinfeld's account and know how many cable boxes he had.
Your comparison to your call center job for the cable company is not remotely the same or comparable to a patient's medical history. HIPPA is there for a reason and they don't fuck around with it. Every employee who accessed it has gone through extensive training about the importance of patient privacy and each firing was deserved, no matter the inconvenience to the employer.