HIV Patient’s Records Leaked, UAMS Fires 3

KARK reports:

University of Arkansas Medical Sciences fired three employees over sharing an HIV patient’s private medical information.

The records included the patient’s name, age, surgical history, HIV status and employment information.

The hospital says the employees were fired after being accused of violating their HIPAA oath.

“We took action right away,” said Vice Chancellor of Communications and Marketing, Leslie Taylor.

According to UAMS an employee shared medical records of the HIV patient with a co-worker. Then that employee passed the records on to a friend who posted them on Facebook. The third employee knew all this was going on but never spoke up, which Taylor says is a violation of the hospital’s code of conduct.

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