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The magic word of the day is: HIPAA

Dozens of workers were fired from a Chicago hospital for accessing Jussie Smollett‘s medical records without proper authorization.

Via Deadline:

CBS Chicago and other media are reporting “dozens” of workers may have been fired for looking at the records without authorization. So far, the hospital has declined comment, but reports indicate some of the workers claim they simply scrolled past the records and didn’t view them.

A Northwestern spokesman, citing privacy rules and company policy, declined to comment Thursday.

Federal laws limit who has access to medical records. The privacy rule applies to all forms of individuals’ protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral. The security rule is a federal law that requires security for health information in electronic form. Successful lawsuits have been filed in many past cases of unauthorized access, with some cases resulting in awards of millions of dollars.

Folks gone learn to mind their own business.

It’s sad you can’t even go into the hospital for treatment without folks going through your records without authorization.

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