FBI looking at UMC records leak

FBI looking at UMC records leak
FBI looking at UMC records leak 

By Marshall Allen
The Las Vegas Sun
Nov. 21, 2009

The FBI said Friday it may investigate a breach of patient privacy laws 
at University Medical Center, where hospital officials are reeling with 
the realization that at least one of their employees has leaked 
confidential names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

UMC officials spent Friday determining how they would respond to the 
Sun's report that protected patient information allegedly has been sold 
so ambulance-chasing attorneys can harvest clients.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey said the agency met with officials of 
the county owned hospital and has begun "evaluating" the unauthorized 
release of confidential patient records.

Dickey said he could not confirm whether the FBI had officially opened 
an investigation. The matter appears to violate the federal Health 
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, a 
federal law that guards patient privacy.


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