Monday, March 31, 2014

Hospital Employees Steal Patient IDs, Share with Lawyers

Two employees of a hospital in Queens, New York, New York have been charged with illegally accessing medical records and personal identification information of emergency room patients, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. These patients were subsequently contacted, sometimes while still in the ER, by "ambulance chasing attorneys" or "medical mills" seeking to represent them or to provide them outpatient services.
"The defendants are accused of blatantly violating their HIPAA obligations and illegally trolling patient records ."
- Richard A. Brown, District Attorney, Queens, New York
Personal information from more than 500 patients was stolen, such as Social Security number, date of birth, address, phone number, details of their injuries. What is unclear is why this theft of patient identities went on for so long - from 2012-2014. Healthcare organizations who want to proactively detect identity theft can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY ACCESSING MEDICAL RECORDS AND PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION OF EMERGENCY ROOM PATIENTS - www.QueensDA.org, 03/28/2014

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