Friday, October 9, 2015

MDs Accused of Using EHR to Steal Patients

A California hospital has filed a suit against three physicians and two medical groups claiming they wrongfully accessed at least 164 patient records in order to lure them away.

The lawsuit's allegations include "unauthorized computer access, misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion and misappropriation of patients' personal health information ... to divert patients for their personal financial gain and commercial advantage."

" the access was "a significant data breach" and a HIPAA violation."
- Hospital's chief legal officer
It is unclear how the data breaches were discovered. Such instances add to the growing legal concerns about the inappropriate use of EHRs. Organizations seeking to proactively detect data breaches and thefts, even if only done once, can utilize identity and activity analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Docs accused of using EHR to steal patients - www.FierceHealthIT.com, 10/08/2015

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