A lot of Wisconsin companies require workers to sign confidentiality agreements when they hire them, but this does not prevent workers from reporting legal violations. This is what LifeWatch Services learned on May 9 when a U.S. magistrate dismissed its countersuit against a whistleblower for violating employment and nondisclosure agreements.
The certified LifeWatch technician conducted heart monitoring assessments and looked for dangerous or unusual heart arrhythmias. He passed the results to the patients' cardiologists to use in their diagnoses and heart treatments. The employee signed a privacy agreement in 2003, when the company first hired him, agreeing not to use any confidential data from the company during his employment or after for himself and not to disclose information to any non-employee of LifeWatch. The worker also signed an HIPAA nondisclosure statement in 2006.