Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hospital Insider Data Thefts May Have Lasted 12 Years

On March 6, 2014, a Massachusetts hospital was notified by law enforcement that an employee may have accessed over 2,000 patient records outside of their normal job duties to open credit card and cell phone accounts.

The hospital then conducted an internal investigation and determined the employee had access to patient information such as name, date of birth, Social Security number, and address from May 6, 2002 to March 4, 2014.

"Our investigation has determined that the employee had access to patient information...between May 6, 2002 and March 4, 2014."
- Hospital announcement
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Sources:
(a) UMass Medical Center alerts patients to insider data theft that may date back to 2002 - www.PHIprivacy.net, 05/05/2014

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