Unauthorized employee access and data breach

August 8th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

Memorial Hermann Health System recently suffered potential data breach after an employee accessed the data outside of normal job duties. According to the reports, patient records may have been compromised. Memorial Hermann came to know about the breach on July 7, 2014. It mentioned that the unauthorized access reportedly occurred from December 2007 to July 2014. Patients in this time frame are affected.

“We value patient privacy and deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused our patients. Although privacy training is in place for all employees, Memorial Hermann continues to investigate and to review its privacy policies and practices in an effort to prevent something like this from happening in the future.” Memorial Hermann Health System explained.

Affected information included patients’ names, addresses, medical record numbers, dates of birth, health insurance information, and Social Security numbers in a few cases. Financial information was not included. A forensic investigation was launched after the discovery, and the employee’s access to medical records was suspended. Facility began to send out data breach notification letters via mail to around 10,604 affected individuals.

“We recommend that you regularly review the explanation of benefits statement that you receive from you or your child’s health insurer,” the statement read. “If you identify services on the explanation of benefits that you did not receive, please immediately contact the insurer. We value patient privacy and deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused our patients. Although privacy training is in place for all employees, Memorial Hermann continues to investigate and to review its privacy policies and practices in an effort to prevent something like this from happening in the future.”

According to the website:

At Memorial Hermann, we’re all about advancing health. Yours.  It begins by redefining healthcare. That means bringing together all aspects of the health system – care delivery, physicians and health solutions to create a truly integrated health system. Our 5,500 affiliated physicians and 24,000 employees practice evidence-based medicine with a relentless focus on quality and patient safety. Our efforts continue to result in national awards and recognition, including being ranked one of the nation’s Top 5 large health systems by Truven Health for patient safety and quality.

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