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Hospital Fires Employees for Accessing Patient’s Files

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 12, 2012

A “small number” of hospital employees have been fired from Ohio’s Akron General Medical Center for violating hospital and federal privacy rules, Ohio.com reports. John H. Wise is accused of shooting and killing his wife at the hospital where she was a patient in the intensive-care unit. A hospital spokesman says the employees were terminated for inappropriately accessing the woman’s patient records. “It doesn’t happen a lot, fortunately, because employees know, but you can’t let the curiosity get the better of you,” the spokesman said. “That’s human nature and we understand that, but it still doesn’t justify the fact that the policies were violated.”
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