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Staff Disciplined for Violating Patient Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 18, 2013

The Auckland City Hospital has disciplined 33 staff members for violating a patient’s privacy. Stuff.co.nz reports that individuals were fired, given verbal warnings, written warnings and final written warnings after a six-month investigation revealed no legitimate reason for accessing patient files. The bulk of the privacy breaches involve looking at radiology images without a valid reason, but some extend to the distribution of the information to the public and media, the report states. Meanwhile, the West Coast District Health Board is investigating two staffers for inappropriately accessing a cricket player’s medical files. While the board initially expressed confidence that similar breaches had not happened in the past, it now acknowledges the possibility this is not an isolated incident.
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