George Floyd’s medical records breached after death: attorney
The Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota sent George Floyd's family a letter announcing his medical records were compromised
George Floyd‘s family recently received a letter stating his confidential medical records have been breached.
After his death, Floyd was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The facility reached out to the Floyd family via mail to say his records were breached and the employees involved are no longer with the company. According to CBS News, Floyd’s family attorney Antonio Romanucci released a statement after receiving the letter.
“The letter said there were breaches of his data over multiple dates and that the employees involved are ‘no longer with the organization,” Romanucci said.
He added, “When George Floyd was desperate for a breath, the city of Minneapolis pushed on his neck further, and even after death, he was abused and mistreated by the system.”
Floyd died this spring after police officer Derek Chauvin of Minnesota held his knee on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes. The news of Floyd’s death spread quickly, causing global protests and civil unrest against police brutality.
Due to patient confidentiality, the facility did not confirm if Floyd’s data was breached or if the employees involved left voluntarily or were let go. theGrio obtained a statement released by the facility stating they take this incident seriously and cannot release additional information due to patient confidentiality.
“Any breach of patient confidentiality is taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. If it is determined that a violation has occurred, disciplinary action up to and including termination can be used,” the statement reads.
“Additionally, Hennepin Healthcare complies with federal information privacy regulations which require notification to patients about a confirmed privacy breach. To maintain patient confidentiality, we do not comment on specific cases.”
The family of Floyd has not taken legal action against the facility but according to CBS News their attorneys are, “exploring all of our remedies.”
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