Monday, January 17, 2011

Manager Snooped on Electronic Medical Records (EMR) of Over 400 Female Patients

An data quality manager was sentenced to jail for snooping on the medical records of 413 female patients over a 9 month period.

How did he invade patient privacy 597 times without detection? How did his behavior go unnoticed when he came in on weekends for the sole purpose of satisfying his "idle curiosity"?
This Peeping Tom looked at the electronic medical records of:
  • A female co-worker who had spurned his advances.
  • A former girlfriend
  • Several women he had gone to school with
  • The deceased husband of a female colleague
  • and 409 other female colleagues, family, and friends
Caught by Happenstance
He was finally exposed after 9 months because a manager at one of the GP surgeries chanced to notice the suspicious access. In September the manager pleaded guilty to seven counts of breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990. In October he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, suspended for two years.

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(a) NHS manager spared jail after snooping on more than 400 patient records - Hull & East Riding, 10/5/2010
(b) Snooping NHS manager thrown before the judge - TechEye.Net, 9/22/2010
(a) The NHS IT worker who snooped on hundreds of patients' records - Yorkshire Post, 9/16/2010

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