Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Navy Yard Shooter's Health Records Snooped

Subsequent to Aaron Alexis killing a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel inappropriately accessing his electronic medical record (EMR).

Such snooping is illegal under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and was so extensive that the Air Force Medical Operations Agency Director Brig. Gen. Sean Murphy to issued a medical command reminder of policy and law.

The illicit peeks were a “violation of the most fundamental trust our patients place in us every day. Breaches of this nature are clearly in violation and are plain and simply wrong."
- Air Force Medical Operations Agency Director Brig. Gen. Sean Murphy
With EMRs now widely used in federal and private health facilities, breaches of patient privacy are on the rise, from "one-time looks to the jaw-dropping unauthorized breach of 4.5 million Tricare records in 2011 — the largest compromise of health information recorded since reporting requirements changed in 2009."

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