3 UMC employees fired for violating patient privacy after shooting

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 12 at 4:01 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Three employees at University Medical Center have been fired for violating patient privacy in connection with accessing confidential medical records in last weekend's shooting rampage in Tucson.

A statement issued Wednesday by UMC officials said "the hospital has terminated three clinical support staff members this week for inappropriately accessing confidential electronic medical records."

The Arizona Daily Star says a contracted nurse also was fired by the nurse's employer and the families of the affected patients were notified. All of the remaining injured patients in Saturday's shootings are at UMC, including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Hospital spokeswoman Katie Riley wouldn't say how many patients were affected, and officials say they aren't aware of any confidential patient information being released publicly.

They added that any potential breaches of patient privacy by UMC staff will be investigated and appropriately addressed.

Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com.

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