Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hospital Employee Breaches Patient Privacy for 6 Years

Over a six year period, a clinical employee of a Texas hospital inappropriately accessed 10,604 patient medical records, including names, addresses, dates of birth, and in some cases Social Security numbers.

On July 7, 2014, when the hospital learned of the breaches of patient identities, they terminated the employee's position and began an investigation.

"[the] clinical employee accessed 10,604 patients' electronic medical records outside of the employee's normal job duties from December 2007 to July 2014."
-Hospital officials
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Sources:
(a) Memorial Hermann notifies patients of privacy breach - www.KHOU.com, 08/29/2014

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