Friday, April 20, 2012

Hospital Fires Two for Potential Fraud; 9,500 at Risk

Memorial Healthcare System of South Florida fired two employees for unauthorized access to the protected information of 9,500 patients. The exact time frame over which the breach occurred was not given, but it was believed to have occurred in "2011 and early 2012." The employees were alleged to have stolen patients' names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers in order to conduct tax fraud.

MHS began sending breach notification letters to the affected patients earlier this week and will provide credit monitoring services for up to a year.

Almost daily we see articles about auditing the security and integrity of EHR systems, but this event provides a reminder to include financial and billing systems in the audit scope.
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Sources:
"Two Memorial Healthcare System Employees Fired over Information Breach" - The Miami Herald, April 12, 2012.

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