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HIPAA Violations Result in More Than Fines: Beware of Jail Time Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Monday, 01 July 2019 00:00

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a 62-year-old woman would be spending a year behind bars after being convicted of disclosing the health information of two people "with the intent to cause them embarrassment and mental distress."
Linda Sue Kalina worked from March 7, 2016 through June 23, 2017 as a patient information coordinator at Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, an affiliate of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). It was alleged she accessed the medical records of former classmates, friends and people she had a grievance with. In all, she is said to have accessed health information of more than 100 UPMC patients who had not been provided services at Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers where she worked and therefore had no reason to access.
It also was alleged that she used the medical records to get back at a former employer, where she had worked for 24 years, before losing her job to a younger woman. Kalina admitted to accessing and disclosing personal health information of two employees from her previous job.
In March, Kalina pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of wrongfully disclosing the health information of another individual. Her year in prison is to be followed by three years' supervised release.

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