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      HIPAA seems to be one of the rare laws that actually results in significant damages. Will be interesting to see the size of the fine on this.

      Likely the hospital gets hit as well for allowing him access to medical records on patients he had nothing to do with. Shouldn’t have been possible in the first place.

      This guy’s career is over. I’m sure he’ll do okay financially by selling ivermectin to bigoted dimwits, but I doubt he will be practicing real medicine ever again.

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        Shouldn’t have been possible in the first place.

        I have yet to see a EHR that has access restrictions that would prevent this. Instead it’s just logged and if irregular enough you get to have a hostile conversation that could lead to this.

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        Haim, a Dallas surgeon, previously had done some work at Texas Children’s Hospital as part of his residency. The indictment against Haim alleges that in 2023, he asked to reactivate his login there to access information on pediatric patients not under his care, including names, attending physicians and treatment codes, then turned over the information to a media contact.

        Okay, that’s just dumb. Texas Children’s Hospital is going to get fucked over this. Not only did he not have admitting privileges, he didn’t even fucking remotely work there. This isn’t just a HIPPA violation, it’s straight up fraud.

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          Yeah when I read that I was like, so all I have to do to get medical records is call and ask? Like I don’t even have to have any affiliation apparently.

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            In my experience working hospital IT medical providers can get away with a lot more shit because people try to expedite things for them so they don’t have interruptions caring for patients. The places I worked had processes in place to prevent this sort of thing but I had a fuckload of arguments with various middle managers trying to bypass those when a provider bitched that they didn’t get what they wanted right away.

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                Yeah it sucked. Fortunately I’m pretty much immune to that shit when I have something in writing to back my position. They could call me every name in the book, I’m not giving them what they wanted. After awhile it gets kind of entertaining watching them twist themselves into knots when they just have to do what they’re told. Especially when they tried emailing my superiors and I could hit them with a reply all explaining in simple terms why I didn’t do what they asked and exactly what they needed to do to get it done and have my superiors just be like “yea do that”

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        Correction: his career has changed. He will be taken in as a consultant in some right wing think tank and start shaping the direction of the movement, because he “took action”

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        Nono, his new career as a right wing mouthpiece is just beginning. He’ll be up on stage with MTG and Rittenhouse complaining about cancel culture and how woke has invaded hospitals and how you shouldn’t listen to doctors.

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        Don’t jinx us now… there are plenty of idiots in Washington willing to pay idiots to say the things they want said.

        I’d wager this asshole would be willing to say a lot.

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      Multiple violations, because he released multiple patients’ info. Off the top of my head, I believe it’s up to $250k and 10 years per violation, but the jail time could be served concurrently instead of consecutively.