Thursday, January 13, 2011

3 Fired at Tucson's University Medical Center for Inapproriately Accessing Electronic Medical Records (EHR)

Three healthcare workers at the Tucson's University Medical Center were fired for inappropriately accessing the electronic medical records (EMR) of victims in the shooting spree that wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
University Medical Center .. has terminated three clinical support staff members this week for inappropriately accessing confidential electronic medical records. A contracted nurse also was terminated by the nurse’s employer. We are not aware of any confidential patient information being released publicly. The families of all patients whose information was accessed have been notified.."
- University Medical Center - Tucson, AZ - Incident Command Site (a)
Hospital spokeswoman Katie Riley confirmed the firings involved records of patients connected with shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (b)

Sources:
(a) University Medical Center - Tucson, AZ - Incident Command Site - Jan. 12, 2011, 12:30 p.m.
(b) 3 UMC workers fired for invading records - Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 13, 2011.

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