Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nurse Breached Patient Privacy for Four Years

An LPN (licensed practical nurse), employed by a Virginia hospital, breached data in the electronic medical records (EHRs) of 919 patients over a four-year period from September 2009 through October 2013.

The nurse inappropriately accessed Social Security numbers, a summary of their patient history and other information.

"An LPN inappropriately accessed 919 medical records over a four-year period."
- Daily Press
It is unclear why the inappropriate access remained undetected for four years. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Riverside reports health records breach - www.DailyPress.com, 12/31/2013

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