HIPAA violations. The case serves as a reminder that healthcare workers can potentially face prison time and hefty monetary fines for wrongful disclosures of patient data.
The U.S. Department of Justice
earlier this month announced the criminal indictment of Joshua Hippler,
a 30-year-old former employee of an unnamed hospital in East Texas.
The indictment, which was filed on March 26 in the U.S. district court
in Tyler, Texas, but was sealed until July 3, charges Hippler with
wrongful disclosure of individual identifiable health information, with
the intent to sell, transfer and use for personal gain. The alleged
criminal HIPAA violations began about Dec. 1, 2012, continuing through
about Jan. 14, 2013, court documents says.
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