Friday, April 5, 2013

Insider Data Breach Probe Widens

County jail personnel were already under investigation for accessing colleagues' medical records and it now seems they also breached medical information of a private individual, a child.

A local hospital, which treats inmates and corrections officers with job related injuries, alleges the jail violated HIPAA regulations by inappropriately accessing correction officers' medical records, many of whom were out on disability.

"...I'm trying to find out how many times my records were accessed." - corrections officer whose medical records were inappropriately accessed while on disability.
Allegedly the breaches include an officer who attempted to access the record of a child being treated for bites inflicted by the officer's dog, in addition several corrections officers, while out on disability, had their medical records inappropriately accessed by a supervisor at the jail.

It's unclear how the hospital discovered the breaches but unfortunately organizations often find out from third parties rather than proactively auditing for breaches, as well as providing accounting of disclosures, which is now available as a SaaS on-demand service.

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(a) Breach of files probe widens - Times Union, 02/28/13

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