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State Now Involved in Potential HIPAA Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 4, 2010

NBC News reports that California state officials are now investigating Tri-City Medical Center for a possible breach of HIPAA laws involving Facebook. Hospital officials have been looking into alleged incidents where employees may have posted patient information onto the social networking site. Hospital spokeswoman Courtney Berlin, however, has refuted the rumor that 26 employees had been fired or suspended. The California Department of Public Health declined to comment on the investigation Wednesday but confirmed that a probe is ongoing.
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