A girl went to work with her mom at a hospital and the girl accessed patient information then used private medical information to call female patients and tell them they were infected with the HIV virus or were pregnant. One teenage victim tried to commit suicide before she was stopped by her family (7 ).
A former employee at St. John's Hospital in Missouri was fired for secretly video taping four female athletes undressing who's ages of the females were between 16-23. The former employee admitted to the taping to the Police (8 ).
A convicted sex offender working at a hospital in Newton, Massachusetts used a former employees computer password then gained access to nearly 1,000 patient files to make obscene phone calls to young girls(9 ).
A report showed that at UCLA Medical Center 1,041 patients had their records inappropriately accessed, 165 hospital employees (from doctors to orderlies) were disciplined through warnings suspensions and firings (10 ).
Some health insurance companies disclosed information of current or prospective employees. In 1996 35 percent of fortune 500 companies said they drew on personal health information to make employment decisions (11 ).
In Arizona if you're legally prescribed the drugs like The pain killers OxyContin, Vicodin the sleep aid Ambien or the stimulant Ritalin the state of Arizona is storing your prescription information in state data base that can be accessed by doctors and pharmacist across Arizona (12 ).
A patient at West Penn hospital went online to pay her medical bill online, and was shocked to discover she could access other peoples medical records. An investigative TV reporter Rick Earle confirmed that she could view the information of 85 other patients, the information was patient's name, address, medical procedure and costs (13 ).
Dr. Peel, explains "Because of the primitive state of health technology, there are a lot of risks with electronic records, frankly far more than paper," and she noted "They can limit employees to certain parts of your record, but most hospital-based systems don't even have that."(14 ).