Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Employees Charged With Illegally Accessing Medical Records

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that two employees of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center have been charged with illegally accessing medical records and personal identification information of emergency room patients who were then contacted — some while they were still in the E.R. – by attorneys seeking to solicit them as clients and by others seeking to provide outpatient services.

District Attorney Brown said, “These defendants are accused of blatantly violating their HIPAA obligations and illegally trolling through confidential patient records. Their alleged actions led to patients who were seeking treatment for injuries unwittingly being victimized again with the illegal release of their personal information and medical records.

It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Queens County Release

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