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Kirk Nahra Comments on Patient Record Snooping

August 21, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in an article published yesterday in HealthcareInfoSecurity, about Roanoke, Va.-based Carilion Clinic that fired or disciplined 14 employees for patient record snooping following an internal investigation.

According to the article, record snooping is a common problem for many hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Mr. Nahra discusses the varying levels of risk for organizations and the appropriate actions for each; the cases range from non-malicious cases of “checking on Aunt Sally” to more serious and malicious cases such as snooping on a girlfriend or former boss, or those involving celebrities. Mr. Nahra stressed that health care organizations must find appropriate means of policing inappropriate access to medical records to prevent these situations from happening.

“This requires monitoring and audit checking,” Mr. Nahra said. “Every facility needs to be thinking about these issues because they happen regularly.”

To read the full article, please click here.