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AG Investigating Second HIPAA Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 31, 2010

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating his second case involving HIPAA violations in three months, HealthLeaders Media reports. In a statement issued on Monday, Blumenthal's office confirmed it is investigating allegations that a radiologist formerly affiliated with a Connecticut hospital improperly accessed 957 of the hospital's patient records in February and March. "Patients rightly expect and demand that their medical information remain secure and confidential, viewed only by authorized individuals," Blumenthal said. "Unauthorized accessing of patient information is a violation of the federal HIPAA law that my office is empowered to enforce. I will seek strong and significant sanctions, if warranted by the facts."
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