Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Public Hanging

Its often said that there's nothing like a public hanging to get peoples' attention. Evidence that there are serious consequences to one's actions is a powerful motivator to behave appropriately.

Witness the response of Palisades Medical Centre in North Bergen, New Jersey, that played host to actor George Clooney and his girlfriend, Sarah Larson, following their motorcycle accident last month.

The hospital suspended 27 employees for looking at Clooney's medical records without authorization following an audit of the hospital's systems.

Clooney didn't seem too distressed about the situation. Associated Press quoted him as saying, "While I very much believe in a patient's right to privacy, I would hope that this could be settled without suspending medical workers."

Clooney's feelings aside, this situation can be used as a vivid and very public example of the possible consequences of browsing patient medical records.

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