Thursday, May 21, 2015

Healthcare Employee Breached Patient & Staff Privacy

A healthcare provider in California is notifying their employees and patients that a now former employee inappropriately accessed records that contained personal identifying information (PII).

According to this healthcare provider "patient and responsible party information that may be affected includes names, addresses, medical information, health insurance information, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and financial information. Employee information that may be affected includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, health insurance information, medical information, driver's license numbers, financial information and telephone numbers."

"Employee and patient PII Data Elements were inappropriately accessed."
- Letter sent to possible victims
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Sources:
(a) Consolidated Tribal Health Project, Inc. Notifies Employees and Patients of a Data Security Compromise - www.OAG.gov, 05/12/2015

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