DCH: Employee who accessed hospital records without cause terminated


DCH Health System has informed more than 2,500 patients after a routine audit revealed a hospital employee had been looking up patients’ medical records for no discernable business reason.

According to a news release available right here, investigators discovered one of the hospital’s employees accessed the electronic medical records of a patient on Dec. 5, 2022, during a routine privacy audit on Dec. 9, 2022.

After a full investigation, the system discovered the employee had unnecessarily accessed and viewed additional electronic patient records between September 2021 and Dec. 9, 2022.

About 2,530 patients were notified of the breach. Information involved inlcudes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Date of enounter
  • Diagnosis
  • Vital signs
  • Medications
  • Test results
  • Clinical/provider notes

Upon discovery, DCH suspended the employee and terminated their access to all medical records and other information systems. The employee was terminated one business day later.

All affected patients have been notified by mail about the incident, and DCH has no reason to believe the information was or will be further used or disclosed. Notices were sent Jan. 17.

Out of an abundance of caution, free identity theft protection services including credit monitoring were officered to all patients whose insurance group and subscriber or policy numbers may have been involved.

If you did not get a letter in the mail but would like to know if your information was affected, you can call 855-624-6814 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Read the full release right here.

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