Guilty pleas were entered today by three people accused of improperly accessing the medical records of KATV's Anne Pressly. Sentencing later.
The government news release said Dr. Jay Holland had accessed the file from home because he was curious. He said he wanted to determine if news reports that Pressly had died were accurate.
Sarah Elizabeth Miller, an account rep at St. Vincent's Sherwood campus, looked at the file a dozen times out of curiosity. Candida Griffin, an amergency room unit coordinator, who's set up an alias account for Pressly when she was admitted, looked at the file three times out of curiosity. Miller and Griffin were fired. Holland had his hospital privileges suspended for two weeks.
Prosecutions are rare, but U.S. Attorney Jane Duke referred those who think they might be aware of violations of the federal privacy act to check www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacyhowtofile.htm or call 214-767-4056.