Friday, March 2, 2012

Hospital Employee Steals Data from 445 Patients

An employee stole information on 445 patients from a university medical center. The clerk stole patient names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information.

Hospital officials learned about the theft from law enforcement officials on Sept. 26 but were asked not to inform patients or the public until now to avoid compromising the investigation.
"This was one person who had legitimate access to information as part of their job in a secure area who chose to take that information, circumvent policy and sell it for personal gain." - hospital chief compliance officer
In response the hospital conducted a time consuming audit of its electronic records system and it is offering affected patients one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
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Sources:
(a) Information stolen from records of 445 Hackensack University Medical patients - NorthJersey.com, 3/2/2012

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