Saturday, May 26, 2012

Insider Stole Customer Data for Tax Fraud in Georgia

A healthcare employee in Georgia improperly accessed patient information with the intent to file fraudulent tax returns. The employee appears to have stolen patient names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of patients treated between July 2005 and April 2012.

The healthcare firm's data security and audit controls appear to have missed the warning signs of data theft as the organizations says it only became unaware of the ongoing insider theft from law enforcement in April 2012.
"We have reinforced and refined our privacy policies and staff procedures for handling patient information with care to prevent such an incident from happening in the future.." - Company website
The employee has since been fired. No specifics have been released on how the organization will detect future breaches of patient privacy by insiders.
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Sources:
(a) An Important Notice to Phoebe Putney Home Health Care Patients Regarding Confidentiality of Patient Information - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Website, May 25, 2012

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