Hanford

Hanford medical record whistleblower case starting

An administrative law judge will hear the case of two former Hanford information technology professionals who lost their jobs after reporting problems with the site’s electronic medical records.

The case is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Benton County courthouse in Kennewick, according to Hanford Challenge, which is involved in the workers’ case.

Computer Sciences Corp., or CSC, was ordered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay back wages of $186,000 to the two former workers in late 2014.

The workers had reported that an electronic medical record system was not accurately tracking medical restrictions. That created the potential for workers at risk for chronic beryllium disease to be exposed to beryllium, despite medical restrictions that should have protected them.

CSC appealed the ruling. It implemented the electronic medical system when it held the Hanford occupational medicine contract and now serves as a subcontractor to HPMC Occupational Medical Services, which operates the Hanford medical clinic

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