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Iowa hospital fires three after privacy breach involving players

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The excitement of National Signing Day managed to temporarily mask the concern surrounding the bizarre hospitalization of 13 Iowa players suffering from exertional rhabdomyolysis — even if it was just for a day.

A new development, however, has allowed the story to rear its ugly head once more.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are firing three, unidentified employees after an investigation confirmed they inappropriately breached the medical records of the hospitalized Iowa football players.

Two more will be suspended for five days.

UI spokesperson Tom Moore did not say which players were affected by the breach (duh), but did acknowledge that they were notified.

Moore also said that federal regulators have been contacted, and that they may pursue additional jail time and/or fines.

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4 Responses to “Iowa hospital fires three after privacy breach involving players”
  1. rolltide510 says: Feb 3, 2011 5:09 PM

    Not sure how that picture relates to the story…

  2. southernpatriots says: Feb 3, 2011 6:42 PM

    rolltide510: Us either!

    However, there is a privacy act (HIPAA) which protects medical records and medical information from the hands and eyes of those unauthorized. These employees of the hospital are covered by this law most explicitly and may find themselves facing charges, fines, and possible loss of liberty for these violations.

  3. lilrabbi says: Feb 4, 2011 12:39 AM

    But CBSsports.com thinks this is a great win for liberty. (eye roll) Dennis Dodd is an idiot:

    http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/cbs-jumps-the-shark

  4. southernpatriots says: Feb 4, 2011 8:11 PM

    Lilrabbi: You are correct and if anything being kind to Dennis Dodd! He is not only excusing illegal felonious behavior on the part of the the medical personnel but encouraging it. How would he like it if the medical files and information concerning his son or daughter or his wife is released and given to the media?

    They jumped the shark alright, or nuked the microwave. The FBI may well investigate this since it is a federal law that is so very well known by all medical personnel even in Iowa! Our best to all the Iowa athletes and their families! We are awaiting determination of how this happened that it may be avoided by high school and college teams.

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