Florida-based Jackson Health System fired an employee after it was found that she may have stolen confidential patient information.
Former hospital unit secretary Evelina Reid may have stolen confidential patient information including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and home addresses. The incident happened over the last five years. Local law enforcement is investigating the alleged incident.
“Jackson Health System is committed to patient confidentiality,” the statement reads. “The safety and security of our patients is top priority. In order to protect our patients’ rights and private information, we enforce strict rules for those who handle patient information.”
The hospital added that currently “in the process of acquiring and implementing a more robust security system to monitor access to patient records.” Employees are also regularly educated on privacy rules and regulations, according to Jackson Health.
According to the reports, approximately 24,000 patient records may have been inappropriately accessed.
As per the statement:
Any allegations about a breach in security and patient privacy are taken extremely seriously. Jackson Health System continually educates all employees on privacy rules and regulations and has zero tolerance for violations.
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