Would you be awestruck if a movie star came into your hospital? Donâ€™t let that cloud your judgment.
Spotted: Young Hollywood starlet known for living life in the fast lane entering your facility. Along with what sheâ€™s wearing, you might wonder what sheâ€™s in for this time â€” whiplash from a fender bender? â€˜Fatigueâ€™ thatâ€™s preventing her from showing up on time to her latest movie set? Keep wondering. If youâ€™re caught looking into a patientâ€™s medical records, then be prepared for severe consequences.
Not too long ago, a hospital employee in California was sentenced to four months in prison for reading medical files that did not pertain to his line of work.
The employee, a hospital researcher at the UCLA School of Medicine, accessed patient records at the hospital over 300 times during a three-week period, mostly to peek at the private health records of celebrities, according to a Dept. of Justice news release.
In his plea agreement, the employee â€œacknowledged that at the time he viewed these patientsâ€™ medical information, he had no legitimate reason, medical or otherwise, for obtaining the personal information,â€ the press release indicated.
The DOJ investigators did not find any evidence that the employee attempted to use or sell the information that he accessed â€” he apparently sought the information out of curiousity.
To read the complete news release, visit the DOJ Web site at www.justice.gov/usao/cac/pressroom /pr2010/079.html.