Monday, June 23, 2014

Radiologist Took Patient Billing Data Without Authorization

A radiologist, employed by a multi-specialty physician practice in New York, "accessed and acquired protected health information (PHI) from the practice's billing systems without authorization."

The data included patients' personal information, such as names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, as well as insurance, diagnosis, and procedure codes.

"...as many as 97,000 files of current and former patients may have been [inappropriately] accessed."
- Breach notification letter to patients by multi-specialty physician practice.
The practice stated the breaches were discovered on or about April 24, 2014 but it is unclear how long they had been going on. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of identity theft and breaches of patient privacy can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services
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Sources:
(a) NRAD Breach Notification Letter - www.nrad.com, 06/13/2014

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