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State of California Joins Investigation at Tri-City Medical Center – 5 Nurses Could Potentially Be Fired For Violating Pat

Posted Jun 07 2010 10:32pm

So far details are sketchy, but so far nobody has been fired or disciplined.  Due to the investigation things are being kept quiet on purpose until all the information is secured.  The article says “dozens” of employees so it’s not just one guy or gal here.  The medical center said the employees had not been fired yet, but it was in image the plans to do so, and this comment was made later in the day today after earlier reports in the day saying they had been fired.  

What they are looking at is a potential HIPAA violation, so whether they are looking for names, images of patients, it’s not known.  I think this is one of those we will have to play wait and see as it has somewhat gone back and forth a bit as they were going to fire the employees, but then they did not and the articles states a public hearing is required before that can happen.

Now the State has joined in the investigation so stay tuned.  BD 

The state is investigating Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside after a possible breach of patient privacy.

The hospital is already looking into allegations dozens employees may have violated patient confidentiality by posting information on Facebook .

California Department of Public Health spokesperson Ralph Montano stated on Wednesday that the agency could not discuss any details of its investigation because it is still ongoing but did confirm that the agency did have a probe under way.

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