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Experts: Prohibition and Consequences Needed for Snoopers

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

May 11, 2010

The advent of electronic health records brings new privacy concerns for healthcare facilities, especially in terms of employee snooping, says a healthcare industry consultant. HealthLeaders Media reports that Kate Borten, president of The Marblehead Group, says healthcare organizations should not only block employees' access to PHI, but also they should "have strict policies and penalties in place for those who snoop at patient records." Another healthcare privacy expert says the recent prison sentence handed down to a former healthcare worker who viewed patient records inappropriately sends a strong message and suggests that organizations set their own examples by firing employees caught snooping.
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