Allina notifies 3K patients of privacy breach

12:06 PM, Oct 27, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Allina Health is notifying more than 3,000 patients that a certified medical assistant from their Inver Grove Heights clinic viewed their electronic medical records without permission.

Not all of the patients affected were patients seen at the Inver Grove Heights Clinic. The electronic medical records system covers the entire Allina Health system.

Allina Health sent letters explaining the breach to affected patients on Friday. The letters should arrive early next week.

In a news release, they said the employee had unauthorized access to patient records between February 2010 and September 2013. The employee was able to access demographic information, clinical information, health insurance information and the last four digits of social security numbers. The employee has since been terminated.  

In a statement, Dr. Peggy Wheeler, President and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, said, "We take patient privacy very seriously and we have zero tolerance for unnecessary and unauthorized access to patient information. This standard applies to all employees, including medical personnel."

Allina Health is offering free identity and financial monitoring services for those affected by the breach. More information can be found at allinahealth.org.

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