HIPAA Criminal Charges To Gain Steam As Data Goes Digital

Law360, New York (August 6, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors recently brought criminal charges under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act against a former hospital employee accused of intentionally accessing and disclosing sensitive data, a rare move that attorneys predict will become more frequent as the digitization of data enables employees to have broader and easier access to patient information.

On July 3, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales of the Eastern District of Texas announced the unsealing of an indictment charging former hospital employee Joshua Hippler with violating the criminal provisions of HIPAA by obtaining protected health information with the intent to use the information for personal gain....

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