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Medicare Breaches Result In E-Mail Warnings

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 23, 2010

Medicare employees who viewed confidential client records will not lose their jobs, The Australian reports, with most of the privacy breaches resulting only in e-mail warnings. In a six-month period, 51 staff members had "unauthorised access" to client information, the report states, with 16 of those cases labeled as serious privacy breaches and the remaining 35 deemed conflict of information" breaches involving access to personal or family files. While several employees resigned, the strictest sanction imposed on those who remained "was a reduction of salary in one instance," according to the report. Eleven employees received counseling and the remaining 31 staff members received an e-mailed "unauthorised access detection notice" and notes on their employee records.
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