Monday, February 3, 2014

Hospital's Second Data Breach in 4 Months

A Vermont hospital received a regulatory citation after an unannounced visit by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) found that two employees had inappropriately accessed patient records. This was the second time in 4 months this hospital has had a breach of patients' data.

"Medical information from two patients' records was accessed by two people who did not have the need to know, they were not involved in the individuals' direct care."
- Fran Keeler, Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection
This breach has raised concerns about patient privacy among local residents, one man said "You have to know your records are safe. People shouldn't be looking at records that they're not entitled to look at."

While the hospital says "our corrective action is the implementation of a system that will do random audits to assure compliance for our patient care records" a better approach is an ongoing audit of all workers accesses of patient records, easily accomplished with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.

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Sources:
(a) North Country Hospital Suffers Second Data Breach in 4 Months - www.BeckersHospitalReview, 01/31/2014

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