Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Poorly Vetted Contractor Health Data Breach Risk

A Deleware hospital learned a contractor had been arrested four years prior for identity theft.

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."
- Becker's Hospital Review
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.
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In addition to notifying 1,900 patients that a Sources:
(a) Poorly Vetted Contractor Causes Potential Breach at Beebe Healthcare - www.BeckersHospitalReview, 02/10/2014

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