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[ISN] 3 UMC workers fired for records access

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 13 2011 - 08:40:08 GMT

By Stephanie Innes
Arizona Daily Star
January 12, 2011

Three employees at Tucson's University Medical Center have been fired
for violating patient privacy in connection with accessing confidential
medical records in the high-profile shooting rampage that killed six
people and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition,
hospital officials said.

All the remaining injured patients from the shootings, including
Giffords, are at UMC.

"The hospital has terminated three clinical support staff members this
week for inappropriately accessing confidential electronic medical
records, in accordance with UMC's zero-tolerance policy onpatient
privacy violations," says a statement issued by UMC officials this

A contracted nurse also was terminated by the nurse's employer,
officials say, and the families of the affected patients were notified.


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