Health Information Management

HIPAA conviction stands for former UCLA Healthcare researcher

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 21, 2012

A HIPAA conviction stands for UCLA Healthcare System researcher Huping Zhou, according to a May 16 FierceEMR article.

Zhou pled guilty in 2010 for violating HIPAA; he accessed more than 300 patient records over a period of a few weeks in 2003, including records for several prominent celebrities (e.g., Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger) along with those belonging to his boss. He later appealed on the grounds that he didn’t know it was illegal to access the information, but his appeal was dismissed by a federal appeals court on May 10.
 
Click here to read more about the court decision.

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