Four Arizona Health Care Employees Terminated for EHR Access Incident

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Three employees and a nurse under contract at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., have been dismissed after they inappropriately accessed confidential electronic health records of patients, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

According to hospital spokesperson Katie Riley, the workers accessed the records of victims who were hospitalized after the Jan. 8 shooting incident, which involved Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Six injured patients -- including Giffords -- remain at UMC, according to the Star.

Riley did not say how many patients were affected by the breach.

The families of the patients whose records were inappropriately accessed have been notified, and hospital officials said that they were unaware of any confidential information being released publicly.

The terminations of the staff were in compliance with the hospital's zero-tolerance policy on patient privacy violations (Innes, Arizona Daily Star, 1/13).

The contracted nurse was terminated by her employer, according to the hospital (Barr, Modern Healthcare, 1/13).


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