University of Iowa Hospitals has fired three employees and assessed five-day unpaid suspensions on two other employees following an investigation into the breaching of medical records for 13 hospitalized members of the school's football team.

The players were hospitalized on January 24 and 25, following strenuous workouts, for treatment of Rhabdomyolysis syndrome, a serious muscle disorder that can cause kidney damage. All have since been released and notified of the breach.

In November 2008, the university fired one employee and suspended seven others for improperly accessing patient information. The breaches were discovered during a routine review of computer access to confidential information. Those routine reviews have continued, but after the football players were hospitalized the university specifically monitored access to their records.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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