Monday, March 17, 2014

Hospital Employee Steals 1,087 Patient IDs

A Michigan hospital employee stole 1,087 patient IDs. Data stolen included patient names, social security numbers, and dates of birth, as well as reasons for hospital visits.

The hospital was alerted to the theft by the police who were investigating an identity theft case. Only then did the hospital begin conducting an internal audit.

"Hospital identity theft and fraud is on the rise with patient information being sold, and used to receive medical care and benefits."
- MSN Money
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Sources:
(a) Hospital Employee Steals 1,087 Patient Records - www.GuardianLV, 03/14/2014

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