The contractor was terminated, and the hospital investigated the extent of the contractor's access to patient information.
"Approximately 1,900 patients that a temporary contractor with a criminal record of identity theft had access to their personal and health information."In addition to notifying 1,900 patients that a criminal had access to their personal and health information the hospital will conduct background checks on all contractors. While background checks might yeild information about a contractor's past it will not detect their activities once they have access to patient information. For proactive detection of all staff accesses to patient information there are low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services available.
- Becker's Hospital Review
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(a) Poorly Vetted Contractor Causes Potential Breach at Beebe Healthcare - www.BeckersHospitalReview, 02/10/2014