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Charges dropped against UC Medical Center in HIPAA suit

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 30, 2015

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Charges alleging a HIPAA violation by the University of Cincinnati Medical Center were dismissed by a Hamilton County, Ohio, judge November 9. The lawsuit resulted from a September 2013 incident in which an employee took pictures of a patient’s medical record and posted it to a Facebook group along with defamatory comments, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The pictures were also circulated via email. The hospital conducted an investigation and the employee who posted the pictures was fired the same week.

Judge Jody Luebbers ruled that because the employee had acted outside the scope of her duties and disregarded the hospital’s training and policies protecting PHI, the hospital could not be held liable for the former employee’s actions. The patient’s attorney plans to appeal, according to the Enquirer.

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