Sunday, March 27, 2011

Employee Breaches Privacy of 2,250 Patients at Southern California Hospital

The hospital announced it notified 2,250 patients who may have been impacted by a privacy breach in 2009 and 2010 by a former employee working in the central business office.
The hospital "takes this incident seriously and has reviewed computer security procedures and determined that network security was not breached. It will continue to thoroughly review and strengthen its procedures to ensure the highest level of patient privacy possible and take all necessary steps to safeguard personal information." - Hospital statement
The information that was accessed was said to include the patient's name, Social Security number, date of birth, home address, phone number, account number and reason for admittance.
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(a) MemorialCare Health System (Memorial Health Services) notified 2,250 patients of privacy breach -, March 2011

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