10 Egregious Patient Privacy Breaches


Over the past few years, employees at hospitals and health centers seem to have figured out every way imaginable to violate patient privacy rights. From care providers ranting about certain patients on Facebook to health records winding up at an auto repair shop, these breaches suggest that not everyone is up on their facilities' patient privacy rules.

Furthermore, the list of motives behind some of those breaches has been mind boggling. In one instance, a janitor sold tens of thousands of patient records for the equivalent of beer money. In another, workers shared photos of a dying, nearly decapitated patient in the ER on Facebook for all of their friends--and the world--to see.

FierceHealthcare takes a look at 10 of the most egregious recent patient privacy breaches. Click on any of the links below or the images above to get started.


Johns Hopkins Hospital - Baltimore


St. Mary's Medical Center - Long Beach, Calif.


Several Boston area hospitals


Tri City Medical Center - Long Beach, Calif.


Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center - Dearborn, Mich.


Children's Hospital of Orange County - Orange, Calif.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-service Ambulatory Care Center - Los Angeles


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center - Russellville, Ark.


New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center


Mercy Walworth Medical Center - Lake Geneva, Wis.