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Springfield doctor convicted for illegally sharing patient files

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A local doctor has been convicted on charges that she allowed a pharmaceutical sales representative to have access to patient records and lying to federal investigators. 

The U.S. Attorney's office said that a jury convicted 67-year-old Rita Luthra of Longmeadow on one count of violation of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and one count of obstruction of a criminal health care investigation.

"From January 2011 through November 2011, Luthra allowed a pharmaceutical company sales representative from Warner Chilcott to access protected health information in her patients’ medical files. She later provided false information to federal agents when interviewed about her relationship with Warner Chilcott," the U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement.

Judge Mark Mastroianni has not yet set a sentencing date.

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