A former occupational nurse in Colorado Springs, Lori Neill, says her psychic abilities have unfairly cost her job. However, Neill was said to have accessed around 2,500 records of the patients of the Memorial Hospital without cause. This has led to the nurse’s resignation from her position of 8 years.
Neill denies the accusation of misusing medical information. She further said that her psychic abilities had made her supervisors feel uncomfortable. Though she admits to having accessed the information of patients, it was to get a phone number that she had recently lost. Furthermore, she said that her reason for leaving her position was different.
The Colorado Springs Gazette was told by Neill that the reason the city made her case public was that she was able to speak with a deceased employee of the city. This has made the city afraid of the things she knows.
“It’s a power play. They are showing me how strong they are. I know for a fact that they are pushing me because there is a dead city employee with important information who I have access to,” Neill said.
According to Brian Newsome, Neill’s employment was not through the hospital but through the city. This means that she had no need to access medical and hospital records especially when she was not at work.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 clearly prohibits unauthorized access and or disclosure of any individually identifiable health information. Per violation of the HIPAA, criminal penalties range from $100 to in excess of $50,000.
Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/12/lori-niell-psychic-nurse_n_895648.html