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Justice Department Unseals Documents in Texas Children’s HIPAA Violation Case

Summary of article from Becker’s Hospital Review, by Naomi Diaz:

The U.S. Justice Department unsealed documents concerning Dr. Eithan Haim, who is accused of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by illegally accessing and leaking internal documents from Texas Children’s Hospital. The documents pertained to gender-affirming services and included patients’ personal health information. Dr. Haim allegedly obtained this information with the intent to cause harm to the hospital. He shared these documents with a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, in May 2023. If convicted, Dr. Haim could face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.