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Officials Investigate Possible Patient Privacy Breaches

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 25, 2010

North County Times reports that officials at a California hospital are investigating a possible breach of patient privacy involving Facebook. Tri-City Medical Center spokeswoman Courtney Berlin said last week that hospital officials are looking into alleged incidents where employees may have posted patient information onto the social networking site. Berlin refuted the rumor that 26 employees had been fired or suspended. Recently, large healthcare companies have begun taking social networking more seriously, the report states, and some have enacted social media policies.  
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