University Hospital Fires Three After Breach
DATA LOSS—U.S.February 4, 2011
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will fire three employees following an investigation into a data breach involving inappropriate access to 13 athletes' medical records, MSNBC reports. Two other employees will be suspended for five days. A university spokesman said the families of those involved have been notified, as have federal regulators who may pursue jail time or fines, the report states. The spokesman said breaches are often due to employee curiosity, but he did not confirm the cause of the breach. He said the school routinely screens medical records to be sure they are kept confidential, and the employee terminations indicate the school's "commitment to patient privacy."