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Medical staff charged in patient records scandal. Police say they’ve indicted four doctors and a doctor’s secretary for violation of confidentiality, use of inside information, and gross breach of trust. They claim the five passed details contained in about 2,000 patient journals belonging to private health trust Aleris Helse on to the competition. Its three rivals, Colosseumklinikken, Hjelp24 NIMI, and Aviva Helse have also been charged. Their offices, as well as those belonging to doctors employed there, were ransacked by Oslo police yesterday after several months of investigation. Aleris already claimed in January it had been the victim of extensive, illegal leaks of confidential information, and had reported the matter.

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Medical staff charged in patient records scandal

Published on Thursday, 1st July, 2010 at 17:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Police say they’ve indicted four doctors and a doctor’s secretary for violation of confidentiality, use of inside information, and gross breach of trust. They claim the five passed details contained in about 2,000 patient journals belonging to private health trust Aleris Helse on to the competition.

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Negligence

Its three rivals, Colosseumklinikken, Hjelp24 NIMI, and Aviva Helse have also been charged. Their offices, as well as those belonging to doctors employed there, were ransacked by Oslo police yesterday after several months of investigation.

Aleris already claimed in January it had been the victim of extensive, illegal leaks of confidential information, and had reported the matter.

The matter dates back to August 2009 when Helse Sør-Øst put two-year contracts for orthopedic, plastic and general surgery, as well as ear, nose, and throat services out to tender to the value of approximately 135 million kroner annually.

The three trusts used the details about patient operations to prove what they claim to be gross misconduct in Aleris, according to NTB. But Hjelp24 NIMI’s managing director, Lise Westly, says it was in connection with having lost a tender.

 “Last autumn, we received unsolicited, anonymous lists of operations showing how many surgical procedures were carried out at Aleris in connection with an appeals process about surgical contracts put out and awarded by Helse Sør-Øst,” Westly says.

Innocent

Both Aviva Helse and Colosseumklinikken deny they’ve done anything wrong, however.

“The clinic doesn’t see it has acted incorrectly [and]…is puzzled by the matter. It has nothing to hide,” Eystein J. Hauge, medical director of Terres Group, that owns the clinic tells NTB.

Plastic surgeon Halfdan Simensen, who runs Aviva Helse, and is amongst those indicted, claims the matter’s about professional accountability and medical ethics rather than money.

“I find it arrogant of health authorities when they don’t show more interest in warnings by serious players,” he tells Dagbladet.

Doubt

When appealing the tender, Lise Westly pointed out Aleris’ information was misleading. It showed a high number of operations were performed without complications, which she believed was impossible in reality.

The secretary, who has admitted to leaking the information whilst working at Aleris, and was fired as a result, also denies any financial motive, according to her lawyer, Helene Elness.

“She sees herself as a whistle-blower. The question is whether Aleris won the tender on the appropriate basis. There are several who believe the grounds weren’t correct.”



Published on Thursday, 1st July, 2010 at 17:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: colosseumklinikken, aleris, helse, avia, hjelp24, nimi, information, leak, patient, records, tender, helse, soer-oest, eystein, hauge, terres, group, lise, westly, halfdan, simensen, scandal.





  
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