Tuesday, October 9, 2007

They need their jobs taken away...

I ran over this story from WCBS (channel 2). I am sorry that I must disagree with Clooney. The hospial workers knew what they were doing was illegal. They should have their jobs taken away. There was no reason for their actions. These people know HIPAA.

Scott Weinberger reports that "Just weeks after George Clooney was injured in a motorcycle accident and taken to Palisades Medical Center, CBS 2 HD has exclusively learned that dozens of employees, including doctors and nurses, have been suspended for accessing Clooney's confidential information.The 46-year-old actor suffered a broken rib and road rash while a companion riding with him suffered a broken foot in the collision with another vehicle.
Within minutes, the media seemed to know everything about Clooney's condition, and sources tell CBS 2 HD that hospital officials are now investigating whether or not their own employees may have leaked information about Clooney to the media.CBS 2 HD has learned as many as 40 employees are being investigated, with more than two dozen already suspended without pay after being accused of accessing Clooney's medical records and giving that information to the press -- which is a violation of federal law.
A union spokesperson who represents some of the workers addressed the issue to CBS 2 HD:
"It was inappropriate but they are paying a steep price. But I don't even think George Clooney would want people to pay. Again, the apology to him for his privacy rights [is necessary], but I think in fact the hospital is overreacting," says Jean Oterson of the HPAA.Clooney agreed in a statement issued on Tuesday evening:
"This is the first I've heard of it. And while I very much believe in a patient's right to privacy, I would hope that this could be settled without suspending medical workers."Sources say while doctors were tending to Clooney's injuries, employees not involved with his care logged into the hospital computer system to review his medical records. CBS 2 HD has learned a security guard even gave out the number to one of Clooney's family members."It's egregious that these hospital personnel gave out this information," said Rosemarie Arnold, an attorney who has handled cases of this nature. "Obviously the information was leaked to the press. Because the press had the information and the only people who were privy to the information were the hospital personnel," Arnold said."

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Liara Covert said...

If the general public wasn't so hungry for celebrity information and the public didn't see this as added incentive to buy the papers, then, the problem wouldn't exist.

Rather than attribute blame about who shouldn't be behaving in a certain way, it makes more sense to reflect on yourself and your own choices. If you change yourself, discover how the world around you will transform in a more positive way.

John C said...

My choice is to be accountable to the laws of the land that protect it's citizens.

If someone breaks the law, they pay the consequences.

Good entry.

benning said...

It's the 'culture' of celebrity idolatry that brings us to this. And idjits like Clooney feed the hunger. Amazing how there's always an excuse for this kind of thing.

The 'leakers' should be fired and charged.

Anonymous said...

I agree...

Anonymous said...

anyone concerned about their own health privacy should go to www.patientprivacyrights.org