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UMC workers fired for violating patient privacy after Sat. shooting

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UMC workers fired for violating patient privacy after Sat. shooting

A breach of patient privacy rights has led to the firing of three employees of Tucson's University Medical Center, hospital officials said.

The three were fired in connection with accessing confidential medical records about victims of Saturday's shooting rampage that killed six and wounded 13. The incident left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition after being shot in the head.

"The hospital has terminated three clinical support staff members this week for inappropriately accessing confidential electronic medical records, in accordance with UMC's zero-tolerance policy onpatient privacy violations," a statement from UMC released Wednesday morning said.

UMC officials would not say how many patients records were accessed, but did indicate that no information had been released publically.

"Any potential breaches of patient privacy by UMC staff will be investigated and appropriately addressed," the release said.

"With advances in technology, ensuring patient privacy has become the focus of hospitals nationwide. UMC uses sophisticated technology to help prevent and detect inappropriate access to patient information."

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