Hospital fires employees for snooping into Tucson shooting victim EMRs

Perhaps any hospital that begins to care for high-profile patients or people in the public eye should remind their employees, and anyone else who works at their facilities, to follow HIPAA rules. That might help immunize hospitals against patient privacy breaches like the one that occurred at Tucson's University Medical Center, which is caring for victims of last Saturday's mass shooting, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The hospital fired three clinical support staff for sneaking a peek at confidential patient electronic medical records of patients affected by the tragedy, the Arizona Daily Star reports. UMN has a zero-tolerance policy on patient privacy violations, according to a statement issued by hospital officials. Article

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