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Opinion: Hospital Deserves Credit for Response

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 14, 2011

Tucson's University Medical Center deserves accolades for calling attention to an important privacy issue, opines Howard Anderson in Gov Info Security. Anderson says the hospital's treatment of its recent data breach involving victims of last weekend's shooting rampage informs the whole world "that this hospital takes its privacy policy seriously" and "provides an excellent example for other hospitals to follow when dealing with records snoops on their staff." The hospital announced this week that it had terminated three employees and a contracted nurse for violating patient privacy, and it posted details about the breach on its Web site. "Zero tolerance is appropriate," Anderson says.
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