Monday, December 8, 2014

MD Arrested for 97K Privacy Breaches

A New York radiologist has been arrested for breaching the privacy of 97,000 patients by inappropriately accessing their confidential data.

The physician said he accessed and copied the patient information from multiple offices where he worked because he was planning to start a competing medical practice, according to District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office. DA Rice is calling for a change in state law to permit tougher charges in such cases. And a privacy attorney says federal charges for HIPAA violations might be appropriate in the case.

"Physicians are regularly entrusted with the health and well-being of their patients, so the abuse of trust in this case is particularly outrageous." - District Attorney, Nassau County, NY
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Sources:
(a) Radiologist Arrested in Breach Case - www.HealthcareInfoSecurity.com, 12/08/2014

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