Denver-area clinic reports breach of privacy rules

LONE TREE, Colo. (AP) — A Denver-area spine clinic says it has fired an employee in its billing department who improperly emailed some patients’ protected information to her personal account, but it doesn’t appear anyone’s personal information is at risk.

Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic in Lone Tree said Wednesday that it fired the employee after the information technology department noticed she sent protected health information of 532 patients from her work email account to her personal account in June in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

The clinic’s privacy officer says the employee told investigators she sent the file so she could work from home.

Investigators verified she never opened the file before deleting it from her personal account. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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