Good people, good employees--anyone--can be powerfully tempted at times to take an unauthorized peek at patient records, says Eric Liederman, M.D, director of medical informatics at Kaiser Permanente's Northern California division.

That's one reason why the division has developed what on the surface may be a quirky policy for protecting patient privacy and minimizing data breaches. But the policy is designed to make folks think twice before snooping in the file of a co-worker, neighbor or celebrity. "The goal here is to deter people, remind people and let them keep their jobs," Liederman said during the Physicians Symposium at the HIMSS 2010 Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta.

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