Huping Zhou, a cardiothoracic surgeon in China before immigrating to the
United States, was employed at UCLA in 2003. On Oct. 23, 2003, he
received a notice of intent to dismiss him for performance reasons that
did not include illegal access of medical records. That evening, he
accessed medical records of his superior and co-workers, and during
three other periods during the next four weeks accessed UCLA patient
records, many of them involving celebrities, a total of 323 times,
according to the FBI office in Los Angeles.
In January 2010, he pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of illegally
reading private and confidential medical records.
We knew it would happen sooner or later, it would make the headlines... Hope it sends a message to others - HIPAA Privacy is serious business!