Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hospital Employee Stole Patient Info for Tax Refund Fraud

A South Miami hospital employee inappropriately accessed 834 records and disclosed patients' information to individuals involved in filing fraudulent tax returns.

According to the hospital, the records, dated from June 2011 through February 2012, included patient names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

"The hospital says the wrongdoing came to light during a collaborative investigation...does that mean law enforcement informed them that they had a problem and then they looked and found it?." - PHIprivacy.net
As of 03/01/13, there’s no statement on the hospital's web page; as is often the case we need more information. Especially as to when the hospital first knew about the breach and what procedures they have in place, or are instituting, to proactively detect such inappropriate access by insiders.
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(a) South Miami Hospital Employee Stole Patients' Info for Tax Refund Fraud - PHIprivacy.net,03/01/2013
(b) South Miami Hospital Employee Accesses Patients' Records - Local10,03/01/2013

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