Hospitals Move to Tighten Data Security

Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media , September 15, 2010

Wistrich condemned Zhou for his lack of respect for patient privacy, according to the release.

Zhou was the first person in the nation to be convicted and incarcerated for misdemeanor HIPAA offenses for merely accessing confidential records without a valid reason or authorization, according to the attorney's office.

Zhou in January of this year pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule. He is a licensed cardiothoracic surgeon in China who was employed in 2003 at UCLA Healthcare System as a researcher with the UCLA School of Medicine.

Worried about snoopers at your facility? Some facilities use "honeypots" as bait to catch snooping staff members who are in violation of HIPAA. "Honeypots," also referred to as "honeynuts," are fictitious medical records that IT monitors to determine if anyone is accessing them.

The terms honeypots and honeynuts derive from the notion that if you want to catch birds, you scatter birdseed.

Use these tips regarding honeypots to catch snoopers and respond accordingly:

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