in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

A surgeon at UCLA Medical Center, working as a researcher, began in 2003 accessing medical records of his supervisor and co-workers after being notified that he soon would be fired for job performance issues, prosecutors said.

Over the next three weeks, he extended his snooping to mostly celebrity records. In total, he accessed the patient records system 323 times.

The surgeon who was sentenced Tuesday, now has the dubious distinction of being the first person to ever receive prison time for violating the privacy stipulations under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California

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