HCTW News: Employees fired for looking at athlete’s records

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 7, 2008

A Florida hospital has dismissed 20 employees for breach of privacy, saying the workers looked at the medical file of Jacksonville Jaguars football player Richard Collier, who came to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with wounds he suffered in a shooting attack.

A spokesman for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, the union representing many of the dismissed workers, says the employees may have looked at the athlete's record out of curiosity. But a representative from the hospital, who would not confirm the firings, says a breach of privacy occurs when a hospital worker not involved in a patient's care accesses his or her information.

Source: The Florida Times-Union



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