Officials in some rural Louisiana parishes accused of misusing COVID-19 data, violating HIPAA: 5 details

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

Some rural Louisiana parish officials who received federally protected information on COVID-19 cases from the state's health department misused the sensitive data and violated HIPAA, the health department said in a report in The Advocate.

Five things to know:

1. The health department emailed parish emergency leaders on July 30 with lists of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in an effort to help first responders better prepare for surges of the virus.

2. While examining the data, some emergency officials found...

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