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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Wed Jul 22 2009 - 12:23:36 CDT
Jail Term for Employee Underscores Importance of Hawaii Employers
Complying with HIPAA
June 28th, 2009
In June 2009, a 22-year-old Honolulu mother of three young children was
sentenced to a year in prison for illegally accessing another woman's
medical records and posting on a MySpace page that she had HIV.
The State of Hawaii brought charges against the woman under a state
statute criminalizing the unauthorized access to a computer; and which
categorized the conduct of the defendant as a class B felony.
According to accounts of the incidents that led to the womans conviction,
there was a feud between the victim and the victim's sister-in-law, a
friend of the defendant. The defendant, who worked as a patient service
representative at the hospital where the victim was a patient, accessed
the computer for the victim's sister-in-law.
Over the course of approximately ten months, the defendant accessed the
patient's medical records three times through a computer. After she
learned of the victim's medical condition, the defendant posted on her
MySpace page that the victim had HIV. In a second posting, she said the
victim was dying of AIDS.
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