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Hospital to Fire Five for Potential HIPAA Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 9, 2010

A California hospital will fire five employees and discipline another after it was discovered they posted personal discussions about patients to a social networking site, Gov Info Security reports. An ongoing investigation at Tri-City Medical Center "yielded sufficient information to warrant disciplinary action," said CEO Larry Anderson. The California Department of Public Health confirmed it has also launched an investigation. Anderson said the hospital is working to prevent similar incidents by "re-emphasizing, through employee training and education, the hospital and the employees' ongoing commitment and obligation to protect our patients' privacy."
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