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University Medical Center Staffers Fired For Inappropriately Accessing Shooting Victims' Medical Records

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As if this whole situation needed to get any sadder.

Three clinical support staff members and a contracted nurse at University Medical Center in Tuscon, AZ, were fired recently after it was discovered that they had accessed the confidential medical records of the victims of Saturday's shooting!

Hospital spokeswoman Katie Riley would reveal the identities of the violated patients, but announced that they had already notified their families that their information had been accessed.

They've also released the following statement:

"The hospital has terminated three clinical support staff members this week for inappropriately accessing confidential electronic medical records, in accordance with UMC's zero tolerance policy on patient privacy violations. A contracted nurse also was terminated by the nurse's employer. We are not aware of any confidential patient information being released publicly."

Unbelievable. As if these poor people haven't been through enough!

Way to take a horrific tragedy and just make it a little bit uglier, you guys!

We hope that you're really proud of yourselves.

[Image via AP Images.]

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9 comments to “University Medical Center Staffers Fired For Inappropriately Accessing Shooting Victims' Medical Records”



  1. 1

    Well, these people were accessing/ stealing data to sell it to "news" outlets like yours. not that it makes it okay, or takes the blame away from them, but i think YOU of all poeple should not point fingers!

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    2

    Private medical info is just that. Maybe others will see this and think twice.



  3. 3

    Well, just wait until all of our medical records go online. These types will be running amuck stealing and selling information.



  4. 4

    Is this Sarah Palin's fault too?



  5. 5

    What patient confidentiality? I was in the ER just today, and not only heard what patients symptoms were, but who is insured/not insured, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, dates of birth….etc etc….I was reading a magazine waiting for someone and NOT EVEN VERY CLOSE TO THE CHECK IN DESK. Friggin loudmouth workers.



  6. 6

    "We hope that you're really proud of yourselves"

    really? Are we really reading those words from you, Mario? You, of all people, are the most intrusive fucking douchebag on the planet. Your site became popular because of the shitty things you do. "most hated website", coined by you, for a reason you hypocrtical loser. How dare you insult us with those words. You make a name for yourself, and once your income exceeded 1 million a month, you back off the immoral behavior intentionally, not because you wanted to , but it was a good business decision. you're truly a worthless person. You contribute nothing. Zero,



  7. 7

    Re: adg100 I WAS GOING TO COME IN HERE AND DO MY USUAL RUDE PUSHING THE ENVELOPE HATING PEREZ THING, BUT MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU. YOU SAID IT ALL. GOOD JOB.



  8. 8

    As someone who works in a hospital and has access to thousands of medical records, these people NEVER should have peeked at the victims' information. Anyone who has access to any medical information is informed about consequences of violating privacy regulations. HOWEVER, I would like to say that most people who work in hospitals honestly care about how their patients are doing. We do our best to maintain confidentiality, but when patients are in close quarters it can be difficult. In emergency situations, medical information often needs to be given quickly to a large number of people. In these emergent situations, medical personnel are usually more concerned with saving a life than whispering medical information. I'm sure this wasn't the case in this specific situation, but people need to remember that people who work in hospitals aren't perfect-we're people just like you- and all we can do is our best.



  9. 9

    "Katie Riley would reveal the identities of the violated patients."

    I'm confused… Is this a typo or just a poorly constructed sentence?