Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nurse Stole 900 Patient IDs

A nurse allegedly stole the identities of 900 patients of a Los Angeles mental health facility.

The stolen patient data included names, medical and insurance information, birth dates, Social Security numbers, diagnoses and other personal information. Although the breaches occurred from 20 2011 - 2015 they were discovered by law enforcement on April 3, 2015.

"Patients treated at the facility between 2011 and 2015 were affected by the breach."
- spokesman for the LA County Department of Health Services
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Sources:
(a) Theft of private data on 900 L.A. County-USC patients investigated - www.LAtimes.com,
04/29/2015

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