Monday, May 3, 2010

Health worker is first HIPAA privacy violator to get jail time

A former UCLA Health System employee, apparently disgruntled over an impending firing, has been sentenced to four months in federal prison after pleading guilty in January to illegally snooping into patient records, mainly those belonging to celebrities.
Huping Zhou, 47, of Los Angeles, who was sentenced Tuesday, now has the dubious distinction of being the first person to ever receive prison time for violating the privacy stipulations under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California
MIAOULIS NOTE:  This certainly changes things.  This may be the first to receive jail time, but I would predict it will not be the last time someone goes to jail for HIPAA violations.

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