As we move towards EMR’s, the ability to know who has looked at the medical record may get more and more in trouble. While we are all curious about our friends, neighbors, and celebrities (local or global), it is important to respect each others privacy. This local Arkansas story (3/2017-- link no longer active) shows the importance of this respect.
Hospital emergency room coordinator Candida Griffin, patient account representative Sarah Elizabeth Miller and Dr. Jay Holland, a family doctor who worked part time at the hospital, each face up to a year in prison and $50,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.
The hospital said in November that it fired up to six people for looking at Pressly's records after a routine patient-privacy audit showed that as many as eight people gained access to them.It was not immediately clear whether others fired from the hospital would face charges. U.S. Attorney Jane Duke declined to comment about the charges Tuesday.