Medical Records Sold for Profit From ER Room In Florida Hospital–FBI Makes Arrest -Time License & Quarterly Excise Tax Ban
Posted Aug 22 2012 6:07pm
Look how long this took, ok with licensing and excise taxing “any” data seller..law enforcement would have had grounds here, “selling data without a license” so this is really beginning to make sense as well as the ability to generate huge tax funds, maybe even bigger than taxing the rich! The pot here is huge and companies are at all time profit highs because of this as there’s little overhead and some analytics are pretty useless and just written to sell data that they get for free, to make a buck.
Data mining leads to spun data in many areas and it hurts consumers as we are now getting credible data combined with non credible data and crunching numbers is fine but when you do something like FICO sells on the medication compliance analytics they sell, we have mismatched data as this is the perfect example of credible with non credible information being combined. How do you combine such intelligence and then turn around and score people individually from zero to 500 and sell that analyzed data to insurance and drug companies as being credible? It hurts consumers as we don’t have enough folks out there that know how to work with “flawed data” and take everything they see on the computer screen to the bank? There’s the big part of the insanity today and when a naïve novice looks at such numbers a patient may get denied access to medications. Duh?
Back on this story line, again the FBI would have had grounds to hold a suspect on selling data if the US required a license to do so. It was good that audit trails showed the time stamps of access and that helps a lot. All the patients that were in car accidents were solicited and one finally reported it. The last line here is a bit of a joke saying the hospital was not able to participate due to HIPAA rules.
So far we know of one source who paid for the medical records, but a good question to ask might be, were there others? Again if there were licenses required to sell data, this case probably would have moved along a lot quicker. We do need the data sellers who get their data (legal data) for nothing and their profits for free start kicking in some tax revenue soon. If you read where Walgreens made short of $800 million on their SEC statement in 2010, think of how much in billions in out there to tax when you add everyone else in. What is even a little more shaking with privacy was the post I made prior to this one…Walgreens giving access to all the medical records from their retail clinics to all the retail drug store locations, scary is it not? What if a less than honest pharmacist wanted to make some extra cash? It may not be the same scenario of course, but we are forgetting patient privacy and permissions and Sebelius is asleep at the wheel.
We had the cases of the auto refill algorithm making it difficult for consumers here too when pharmacists set them up at CVS and this too brought up patient permission as they were quite shocked when they returned to their normal pharmacy and were asked to pay $600 as the other pharmacy had already charged the insurance company before they ever got a chance to even pick up the prescription. Again with the EMR data floating out there, what next with the world of connected algorithms for consumers? The prescription situation was noted by several that patient permission would solve that issue too. BD
The FBI has arrested a former employee of Florida Hospital's Celebration Health in Celebration, charging him with accessing 760,000 emergency department (ED) records over two years and selling some of them to someone who solicited for attorneys and chiropractors.
According to coverage by WFTV in Orlando, the FBI conducted a 10-month investigation and now alleges that Dale Munroe, who registered patients in the ED, primarily accessed records of patients who were in an automobile accident from several hospitals across the state.
The hospital has not posted a statement on the case on its website and, according to WFTV, the local authorities of Osceola County said they were not able to make arrests because the hospital did not cooperate with the investigation, citing federal HIPPA laws.