Guilty Plea in Rare HIPAA Criminal Case

March 8, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

A former patient coordinator at UPMC, a medical center in Pittsburgh, has pleaded guilty to wrongfully disclosing health information in a rare case involving criminal prosecution for violating HIPAA.

The Department of Justice says Linda Sue Kalina, 61, pleaded guilty in a Pittsburgh federal court to one count of unlawfully disclosing patient information.

Kalina had been indicted by a federal grand jury last June on six counts, including wrongfully obtaining and disclosing health information in violation of HIPAA, and wrongfully disclosing health information with the intent to cause malicious harm.

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