Conn. radiologist fined, reprimanded after patient data breach

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Gerald Micalizzi, MD, a Connecticut radiologist formerly employed by Advanced Mobile Imaging Radiology, has been fined $20,000 after downloading patients’ personal information, according to a Valley Independent Sentinel report.

From Feb. 4, 2010, to March 5, 2010, Micalizzi accessed the records of 957 patients at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., which had contracted with Advanced Mobile Imaging Radiology for imaging work, according to a statement issued by the hospital.

Micalizzi used the passwords of other radiologists, without their permission, to access the hospital’s PACS and download patient information, which he then used to contact patients and tell them he was offering radiology services at another hospital. Some patients then contacted the hospital and asked about the calls from Micalizzi.

“The inquiries prompted the investigation that revealed unauthorized intrusions into Griffin Hospital's PACS and, thereby, the breach of protected patient health information,” read Griffin Hospital’s original statement from 2010.

In addition to the fine, Micalizzi was reprimanded and he now must complete training courses in physician ethics, patient confidentiality and compliance with federal HIPPA regulations, according to the Valley Independent Sentinel report. The Connecticut Medical Examining Board accepted and imposed the disciplinary action on June 19.

Micalizzi’s license will be probationary for six months while he completes the training courses, according to the report.