Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eel X-ray Leak Breached Privacy: 33 Fired, Disciplined

A New Zealand man who sought treatment for an eel in his rectum had his privacy breached when hospital staff leaked his x-rays and inappropriately accessed his medical records.

Thirty-three physicians, nurses and other hospital staff have been disciplined, and in some cases fired. A six month investigation found there was no legitimate reason for these individuals to access this patient's medical record. Most snooped in his x-ray images, but some viewed test results and discharge summary; the privacy breach extended to distribution of information to the public and the media.

"The privacy breach stretched to the distribution of information to public and media ."
- Fairfax New Zealand News
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(a) Follow-up: Auckland District Health Board Disciplined More Than 30 Staff Members for Snooping - PHIprivacy.net, 04/16/2013
(b) Eel X-ray Staff Disciplined - Fairfax New Zealand News, 04/17/2013

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