By Steve Pope | March 6, 2019
A UPMC medical clerk admitted in federal court on Wednesday to unlawfully disclosing confidential medical information that she obtained while employed at a Butler County medical office.
Linda Sue Kalina, 61, of Butler, pleaded guilty to one count of wrongful disclosure of health information in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.
Kalina admitted to disclosing some of the information she obtained while employed at the UPMC affiliate, Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal in Mars, to persons not authorized to receive the information.
According to court documents, between March 7, 2016 and Aug. 17, 2017, Kalina accessed the confidential files of 113 patients, even though she did not have a valid work-related reason to do so.
She then unlawfully disclosed the protected information on four occasions, including one time in an email to a former employer who had fired her.
Kalina faces up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine, or both, when she is sentenced in June by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab.
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