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Suit Filed Over Unauthorized File Views

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 23, 2012

A man is suing the West Virginia University Medical Corporation for negligence after an employee accessed his medical records on three separate occasions, The Record reports. The man received a letter in 2009 that his records had been accessed by an employee of the corporation without authorization, according to the complaint, which the man claims caused him emotional distress and embarrassment. The corporation, operating under the name University Health Associates, violated HIPAA laws by failing to protect the man's data from such unauthorized access, the suit alleges. The man seeks compensatory damages.
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