Improper access to the medical information of celebrities and people in the news has been a bane of health systems around the country for years. The proliferation of electronic medical records systems has made it easier to track and punish those who peek in records for no legitimate reason.
Below is a partial list of high-profile breaches and the consequences that followed, compiled from news reports.
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