We are all human, and as such, are naturally
curious. Much like the Porn industry, there is a growing problem caused by the
unbridled curiosities of workers within the Healthcare Industry.
Workers are being fired, reputations are being
tarnished, and medical practices throughout the United States are being fined.
All because curiosity got the best of one or two people.
Fortunately, there are ways to safeguard
against this cancerous disease that is plaguing healthcare professionals
everywhere. The first step is understand what record snooping is.
What is Record Snooping?
Record snooping is unauthorized access to a
patient’s information. This type of privacy invasion happens when an employee accesses
a patient’s health information without cause, but rather for their own personal
or somebody else’s desire to have knowledge of that patient's personal health
As you know, protecting the privacy of patient records is top priority as a health
care provider, and that means both internally and externally. Who is Affected by Record Snooping?
Record snooping is an intrusive act that has
been done by healthcare workers for a long time. However, with the HIPAA
Privacy rules, there are now serious repercussions for the healthcare worker
and the office they work for.
The results of record snooping include the
employee losing their job, public humiliation for the office involved, heavy
monetary fines, and potential legal action. This intrusive act is a big problem
for the employee involved and for their employer.
In order to fully understand the varying
degrees of record snooping, and how to prevent and develop safeguards against
one of the leading causes of fines in 2015, make 30 minutes to learn from
others who have been affected:
5 Record Snooping Stories
Medical Practices That Cannot Be Ignored
About the Author:Lance
King works with the team at Healthcare Compliance Solutions, supporting medical
practices in adequately preparing for HIPAA, OSHA, Medicare, and HR compliance
audits. He is a husband, father, consultant, church and community leader, and athlete.
receiving his Masters in Business Administration, he continued maturing his consultative skills in healthcare because boundary systems
are constantly expanding with new developments in technology. His mission is to help practice management do more with less with technology and innovation.
regularly publishes compliance, leadership, and management articles for
healthcare practice administration. Find these onLinkedIn.