Monday, June 17, 2013

Hospital Worker Steals 1,000 Patient IDs

Federal law enforcement alleges that hospital worker Curtis Fullwood stole the identities of more than 1000 psychiatric patients.

Mr. Fullerton's job was to assist mental patients find work but he has been accused of taking their identity information from hospital computers and then filing fraudulent tax returns.

"Fullwood obtained patients' information by illegally using computers at the Pembroke Pines psychiatric hospital to steal the identities of people who were admitted for treatment." - SunSentinel
It is unclear if the hospital knew about the identity thefts or if they first learned about the patient privacy breach from federal law enforcement. Healthcare organizations can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services to proactively detect theft of patients' private information.
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Sources:
(a) Psychiatric patients' IDs stolen by hospital worker, feds say - Sun-Sentinel, 06/11/2013

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