University of Miami Hospital Employees May Have Stolen Patient Data
The University of Miami announced that two of its employees are under investigation by law enforcement for the potential theft of data from thousands of patients.
The Miami Herald reports the two employees who admitted to “improper conduct” may have stolen and sold personal information regarding patients who visited the facility between October 2010 and July 2012.
The University of Miami admits almost 19,000 patients every year, but a spokeswoman had no information regarding the exact number of records believed to be stolen, according to the Herald. The records may contain the patient’s name, address, and date of birth, insurance policy numbers, and reason for the visit.
The sheets contained only the last four digits of the person’s Social Security Number. However, patients’ SSNs are also sometimes used by some insurers as their insurance policy numbers, which are also on the sheets, reports the Herald.
The two employees have been fired and the university is taking steps to help patients who could be affected by the data breach.
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