Dozens of employees at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, were reportedly fired last week, accused of violating the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) by accessing the electronic health record (EHR) of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, according to several news reports.
NBC Chicago reported that “at least 50” employees were fired, citing anonymous sources.
Northwestern Medicine told Medscape Medical News that it could not comment on the reports of firings, citing privacy reasons.
Smollett reported to Chicago police in January that attackers assaulted him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. He was taken to the hospital. Police and prosecutors now allege the report was a hoax meant to generate publicity, and Smollett now faces multiple felony charges.
The Chicago Sun-Times quotedan unnamed Northwestern hospital administrator as saying she was fired after an employee in another department came to her desk and asked if Smollett had been admitted under an alias.