Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rogue Employee Violates Patient Data Privacy at New York Hospital

A hospital employee violated patient privacy by inappropriately looking at their medical records while they were at Kingston, New York medical facilities.

The hospitals would not reveal how many patients had their medical privacy violated by the employee.
"We take privacy and security of your personal medical information very seriously, and we apologize this situation. We will continue to maintain a high level of vigilance over our patients’ personal information." - notification letter from hospital
Information that could have been accessed included patients’ names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, account information, health insurance information, credit card information, lab test results and diagnoses.
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Sources:
(a) Privacy of medical records compromised at Kingston and Benedictine hospitals, health center in Rhinebeck - Daily Freeman, April 20, 2012

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