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Warning to Employers: You May Be Held Liable For Your Employees’ HIPAA Violations
On November 14, 2014, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a $1.4 million jury verdict holding Walgreen Co., the owner of Walgreens pharmacies (“Walgreens”), liable after one of the company’s pharmacists shared a customer’s confidential medical records in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). According to court records, the pharmacist searched the customer’s confidential prescription history for any records indicating that the customer had been treated for a sexually transmitted disease. The pharmacist then printed out the prescription history and provided it to the customer’s ex-boyfriend.
 Walgreen Co. v. Hinchy, No. 49A02-1311-CT-950 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014)