Thousands of Allina Health Patients Had Information Inappropriately Accessed

Updated: 10/25/2013 5:53 PM By: Cassie Hart

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More than 3,800 Allina Health patients had their records inappropriately accessed, according to officials.

Allina Health says a certified medical assistant at its Inver Grove Heights Clinic was improperly going into records and is now fired.
According to Allina Health, the assistant accessed records from February 2010 until last month. They had the ability to look up clinical information, health insurance information and partial social security numbers, according to Allina Health.

Patients whose records were accessed will receive a letter in the mail.

While there is no evidence to suggest this information is being used for financial gain, Allina Health has arranged for proactive identity monitoring services at no cost to these patients.

“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,” said Penny Wheeler, MD, President and Chief Clinical Officer, Allina Health.

Allina Health says it is reviewing security practices.