Butler Woman to Serve a Year in Prison for Maliciously Disclosing Personally Identifiable Health Information
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Butler, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to one year of imprisonment, followed by three years’ supervised release, on her conviction of wrongfully disclosing the health information of another individual, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Linda Sue Kalina, 62, of Butler, PA. The court further ordered that Kalina have no contact with any of the individuals she victimized during the imposed terms of imprisonment and supervised release.
According to information presented to the court, Kalina worked, from March 7, 2016 through June 23, 2017, as a Patient Information Coordinator with UPMC and its affiliate, Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers (TRMC) in Mars, Pennsylvania. During her employment, contrary to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Kalina unlawfully accessed the individual health information of 111 UPMC patients, none of whom had been patients of TRMC and many of whom were coworkers, former classmates, and relatives. After her termination from TRMC, she gained employment with Allegheny Health Network, and worked, from July 24, 2017 to August 17, 2017, as a Patient Access Coordinator, where she again improperly accessed individual health information to which she was not entitled. On August 11, 2017, Kalina disclosed personal health information related to two individuals, with the intent to cause them embarrassment and mental distress. Kalina’s employment with AHN was terminated approximately six days later.
In imposing the maximum sentence called for under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Court offered that Kalina’s conduct was the most egregious of its kind.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Kalina.