Friday, February 8, 2013

Federal Prison for Health Data Breach

A former hospital emergency department clerk was sentenced to prison for selling patient information he improperly accessed in a breach of thousands of patient records. Two co-conspirators in the case, who also pleaded guilty, await sentencing.
"Preventing these kinds of breaches takes people, processes, and technology." - Stephen Wu,partner,Cooke,Kobrick & Wu LLP
Security experts say healthcare organizations can take several steps to help minimize the risk of identity theft. Those include auditing and monitoring worker activity, restricting staff access to patient information and ramping up employee training.
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Sources:
(a) Prison Time for Health Data Theft - Healthcare Info Security, 01/23/2013
(b) Former Hospital Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison for Data Theft - Federal Bureau of Investigation, 01/18/2013

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