UCLA statement on report about Farrah Fawcett's medical records

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In response to a Los Angeles Times report that claims UCLA fired an employee for looking at TV icon Farrah Fawcett’s medical records, the UCLA Health issued a statement this afternoon:
 
"UCLA Health considers patient confidentiality a critical part of our mission of teaching, research and patient care. All staff members are required to sign confidentiality agreements as a condition of their employment and complete extensive training on HIPAA-related privacy and security issues. We have stringent policies to protect patient confidentiality and address violations of those policies.
 
"When possible confidentiality breaches arise, UCLA immediately launches an investigation and appropriate disciplinary action would then be initiated. Due to the confidential nature of both patient and personnel issues, no further information is available.
 
"The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides national standards to protect the security and privacy of a patient's health information."
 
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