Nurse pleads guilty to privacy violation
Carolyne Park reports in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
A Trumann woman who pleaded guilty to disclosing a patientâ€™s health information is the first person in Arkansas to be convicted under a 5-year-old federal law designed to protect patient privacy, authorities said Wednesday.
Andrea Smith, a 25-year-old licensed practical nurse, pleaded guilty to wrongfully disclosing a patientâ€™s health information for personal gain, according to a statement from Jane W. Duke, U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
On Nov. 28, 2006, Smith accessed the private health information of an unnamed patient while employed at the Northeast Arkansas Clinic in Jonesboro, according to the Tuesday statement. She then gave the information to her husband, Justin Smith, who called the patient and threatened to use the information against the patient in â€œan upcoming legal proceeding,â€ the statement said.
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