Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ex-Hospital Employee Jailed for Patient Identity Theft

A former hospital employee was convicted of disclosing individually identifiable health information and sentenced to 24 months in prison, including 12 months of home confinement, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Between April 27, 2009 and September 29, 2010 the employee stole patient information from the emergency room and her co-conspirators obtained fraudulent bank accounts and debit cards in the names of those patients.
"While it may be impossible to absolutely prevent an employee from violating our values and policies for personal gain, we are determined to take all necessary steps to review and strengthen our administrative procedures to ensure that we are providing the highest level of data security possible." - Patrick Taylor, M.D., president and CEO, Holy Cross Hospital
The hospital was notified by the U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Postal Inspection Service when a criminal investigation identified a hospital employee as the source of identity data. When confronted, the employee admitted improper conduct and was immediately terminated by the hospital.
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(a) Former Hospital Employee Sentenced for Stealing and Disclosing Patient Information - U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, April 15, 2011
(b) ID Protection Page at Holy Cross Hospital - Holy Cross Hospital Website, November 2010

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