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HIPAA violation by County employee

January 15th, 2015

The recent incident involved sending of personal information of inmates at a county jail to a personal email address. The Saint Louis County Department of Health is investigating a potential HIPAA violation. The affected data includes names and Social Security numbers of several inmates. The information is related to the inmates who are imprisoned at St. Louis County’s Buzz Westfall Justice Center from 2008 to 2014.

The number of affected individuals is not known. As per the county department, there is no indication that anyone other than the employee accessed the information.

“St. Louis County is strongly committed to patient privacy,” the statement said. “It is something we take very seriously. Even though there is no indication that there was any intent to use the information to commit fraud, it is important to make sure that those potentially affected are fully aware of the violation that occurred and fully aware of the steps they are advised to take at this point.”

Information related to free credit monitoring is not confirmed but the County Health Department explained that if an individual believed that their information was potentially included in the email, he or she should check with any of the three major credit bureaus.

The employee who sent the information currently does not work with County who earlier resigned after completing 25 years of services.

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