Monday, March 18, 2013

Update: Insider Breaches Patient Data at Six Medical Practices

In an update to our earlier blog "Insider Breaches Patient Data at Six Medical Practices," Lawrence Melrose Medical Electronic Record Inc., in Melrose, Mass. will notify the Office for Civil Rights of a data breach after an employee improperly accessed the electronic medical records of some 200 patients across six different medical practices.
"...an employee improperly accessed the electronic medical records of some 200 patients across six different medical practices." - Health Care IT News
"According to Rick Pozniak, system director of marketing, communications and public affairs, Hallmark Health System, the employee who accessed these patient records without proper authorization has since had their employment terminated." It is unclear if the employee worked for one of the six practices or for LMMER/HHS.

"Patient information compromised includes patient names, Social Security numbers, health insurance data and clinical information." "Both the physician's practice and HHS deeply regret and apologize for any concern or inconvenience this situation may cause the patients," said Pozniak in an emailed statement. "We are in the process of reviewing the privacy and security of our electronic medical records system and making improvements to the security safeguards we currently employ."

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Sources:
(a) Insider Breaches Patient Data at Six Medical Practices - www.blog.veriphyr.com, 03/18/2013
(a) Hospital's EHR Company Sees HIPAA Breach - Healthcare IT News, 03/18/2013

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