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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Sun Sep 19 2010 - 13:29:05 CDT
Former UPMC Shadyside Hospital employee charged with HIPAA violation
September 18, 2010
In the first HIPAA prosecution in the Western District of Pennsylvania,
United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced this week that a
resident of Monroeville, Pa., had been indicted by a federal grand jury in
Pittsburgh on charges of multiple illegal disclosures and use of patient
individually identifiable health information for personal gain. The Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) law passed by
Congress provides for national standards for electronic health care
transactions, and protects patients from the unauthorized disclosure of
personal medical information without their consent.
The 14 count indictment named Paul C. Pepala, 34, as the sole defendant.
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