Dozens fired from Chicago hospital for accessing Smollett’s medical records

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Several people have been fired from a Chicago hospital after they allegedly looked into the medical records of actor Jussie Smollett, according to NBC Chicago

Smollett was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack earlier this year. After an investigation, authorities determined Smollett lied about the incident. He has since been charged with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report and was indicted Friday on 16 felony counts in connection with the case. 

Now, NBC Chicago is reporting that Northwestern Memorial Hospital has fired dozens of employees because of their interest in Jussie Smollett. 

One surgical nurse who didn’t want her identity revealed told NBC Chicago she was fired last week for searching for Smollett’s name in hospital records. 

“I just clicked once on it and it brings up just basic demographics, public knowledge. You know, female, phone number. I never clicked into his chart.”

While the nurse says she stopped short of actually opening his chart and looking at his medical records, she admits she knew that was wrong, too.

“Searching his name? Yeah. I had no business doing that.”

The nurse said she was fired on the spot for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, that sets standards for patient privacy and confidentiality.

Sources say at least 50 workers may have been fired at Northwestern facilities throughout the Chicago area for HIPAA violations when they accessed Smollett’s medical profile or records. 

When asked specifically about the terminations, a spokesperson for the hospital would not comment, citing HIPAA regulations and company policy regarding employee status. 

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