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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Mon Nov 23 2009 - 01:03:47 CST
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From: InfoSec News <alertsinfosecnews.org>
By Marshall Allen
The Las Vegas Sun
Nov. 21, 2009
The FBI said Friday it may investigate a breach of patient privacy laws at
University Medical Center, where hospital officials are reeling with the
realization that at least one of their employees has leaked confidential
names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.
UMC officials spent Friday determining how they would respond to the Sun's
report that protected patient information allegedly has been sold so
ambulance-chasing attorneys can harvest clients.
FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey said the agency met with officials of the
county owned hospital and has begun "evaluating" the unauthorized release
of confidential patient records.
Dickey said he could not confirm whether the FBI had officially opened an
investigation. The matter appears to violate the federal Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, a federal law
that guards patient privacy.
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