Friday, August 29, 2014

Hospital Employee Gets Prison for ID Thefts, Tax Fraud

A former Pennsylvania hospital employee was sentenced to more than four years in prison for stealing many patient identities that were then used in a tax refund scheme.

In addition to the prison term the convicted man has been ordered to pay restitution of $409,779.

"[He] was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for stealing the identities of numerous patients as part of a tax fraud scheme."
- Philadelphia Business Journal
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Former hospital employee gets 4+ years for ID theft - www.BizJournals.com, 08/28/2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Survey: Health IT Workers in Demand

Health IT workers continue to be in demand, according to a survey by HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

The majority of healthcare organizations polled said they plan to "hire at least one full-time worker during the next year."

"70% of health care organizations reported plans to outsource at least one health IT service area over the next year."
- HIMSS Analytics survey
85% of respondents cited barriers to meeting their IT needs, primarily due to a lack of qualified talent. Healthcare organizations seeking to outsource proactive identity theft and privacy breach detection can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Health IT Workers Still in High Demand, Survey Finds - www.iHealthBeat.org, 08/27/2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Insider at Physician Practice Charged with Fraud for Selling Patient Identities

A Michigan woman, employed by a physician practice, allegedly stole patient billing records and sold them to a co-defendant.

The woman was promised $100 per billing record which contained the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of patients, which could be used to steal identities.

"A woman who worked in a doctor's office...has been charged with fraud for allegedly giving out personal information of patients."
- Federal Complaint, US District Court for Eastern Michigan
It is unclear when the identity thefts took place or who discovered them. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of identity theft and data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Woman charged with fraud for allegedly releasing personal patient information - www.ClickOnDetroit.com, 08/06/2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UK Banker Fined for Viewing Colleague's Accounts

A UK banker has been fined for inappropriately accessing colleagues' bank account details.

DalVinder Singh used his authorized access rights to snoop on information about co-workers salaries and bonuses. The Information Commission's Office (ICO) Criminal Investigator said "Singh had been given clear training around the Data Protection Act, but chose to ignore that training. By accessing personal information he broke the law, and that is why he has been fined today."

"...when that curiosity led to him breaking the law, it cost him his job."
- Damian Moran, ICO Criminal Investigation Manager
The duration of the snooping is unclear or how it was discovered. Organizations seeking to proactively detect inappropriate access to records, even by authorized users, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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(a) UK: Birmingham banker fined for reading colleagues’ bank accounts - www.PHIprivacy.net, 08/23/2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Health Insurance Employee Stole Client IDs for Tax Fraud

An employee of a Massachusetts health insurance company pleaded guilty to stealing 8,700 customer identities that he shared with co-conspirators who used the data to steal Social Security benefits and file fraudulent tax returns.

The data stolen included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers, primarily from customers over age 65.

"[He] stole and disclosed the personal data of over 8,700 customers."
- US Attorney's office

The employee started working for the health insurance company in 2010. It is unclear over what period of time the identity thefts occurred, when they were discovered and by whom. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.

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Sources:
(a) Worcester Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Money - www.Justice.gov, 04/14/2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Medical Assistant Gulity of Patient ID Thefts

A Hollywood Florida medical assistant has pleaded guilty to stealing about 2,000 patient identities while at work, identities she knew would be used to file fraudulent tax returns.

The patient data the medical assistant stole included names, dates of birth, and social security numbers

"[She] sold an individual approximately 2,000 identities...the individual told her that he used the identities to file fraudulent tax returns."
- CBS News
It is unclear over what period of time the identity thefts occurred and how they were discovered. Healthcare organizations can proactively detect identity thefts and privacy data breaches with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Download a white paper on patient privacy breach detection. Learn how to proactively identify unauthorized breaches of patient data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Hollywood Medical Assistant Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft - www.CBS.com, 08/14/2014

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