A number of very serious and distressing allegations have been made against a former hospital tech who worked at Hershey Medical Center. The man, 60 years of age, is facing federal charges for health care fraud after authorities assert that he knowingly conducted flawed testing on cancer patients. The matter has received a great deal of media attention throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and many people are concerned about the validity of their own medical testing in the wake of the scandal.
The medical worker conducted gene mutation testing on patients who were suffering from late-stage cancer. The results of that testing were used to give doctors the tools and information needed to make treatment plans for those patients. According to the criminal charges against the tech, he is believed to have knowingly botched the tests, and then he intentionally lied about the validity of the testing to medical authorities.
It is unclear how the alleged improper testing came to light or whether anyone was harmed as a result of the possible testing flaws. The treatment plans of approximately one dozen patients were affected by the test results, but there is no indication that those patients suffered negative outcomes as a result. In addition, there is no information given as to how authorities determined that the former medical tech knew that the testing was flawed.
When it comes to medical testing, the science behind many diagnostic tools is complex. In this case, it is possible that the Pennsylvania tech did not know that the testing process was flawed, which may play a significant role in his defense. He has been charged with health care fraud as well as making false statements. Both of those charges would bring serious punitive ramifications if convictions are obtained.
Source: lancasteronline.com, "Ex-hospital tech charged with performing faulty cancer tests", July 31, 2015