Monday, September 22, 2014

Insider Patient Privacy Breach Lasted Two Years

An employee of a company which provides hospital physician staffing inappropriately accessed patient information over a two year period, from Sept. 13, 2012 , through June 9, 2014.

Almost 83,000 patients were affected by this breach according the the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The information the employee accessed included patient names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

"[A company] which provides hospital physician staffing and related services, says that an employee inappropriately accessed the patient information from Sept. 13, 2012 , through June 9, 2014." - PHIprivacy.net
It is unclear why the breaches were allowed to occur for a two year period. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect inappropriate access, even by authorized users, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Insider Breach Spanned 2 Years - www.HealthInfoSecurity.com, 09/17/2014

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