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Hospital Employee Sentenced to Six Months for Selling Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 25, 2012

A former medical technician at Howard University Hospital has been sentenced to six months in a halfway house, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and fined $2,100 for selling personal information about patients, PHIprivacy.net reports. Laurie Napper pled guilty to violating HIPAA by wrongfully disclosing individually identifiable health information. Napper obtained patients’ records on at least three occasions and sold their names, addresses, dates of birth and Medicare numbers to another person, the report states. Approximately 40 patients were affected. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said the felony conviction indicates patient information is “a trust to be protected.”
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