Geisinger fires employee for inappropriately accessing 700+ patients’ medical records

The health system said the employee no longer works at Geisinger as a result of the occurrence..

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Geisinger started notifying more than 700 patients Sept. 18 that one of the Danville, Pa.-based health systems previous staff members inappropriately accessed their medical records..

A Geisinger staff member signaled the health systems personal privacy office June 3 that another center employee was potentially seeing patient medical records without a company reason. Geisinger introduced an investigation, which concluded Sept. 8, and discovered that while the staff member was permitted to gain access to medical records as part of their everyday job duties, they inappropriately saw more than 700 clients records from June 2019-20..

Patient protected health information that might have been viewed by the previous staff member included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers, addresses and telephone number..

” At Geisinger, protecting our clients and members personal privacy is of the utmost importance and we are constantly dealing with protocols and safeguards to identify incidents such as these so we can avoid such events in the future,” Geisinger Chief Privacy Officer Jonathan Friesen said in the news release. “Our examination leads us to think that this info was not accessed to dedicate financial scams or damage; nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution we are offering afflicted clients one year of identity theft security complimentary of charge.”.

Jackie Drees –
Monday, September 21st, 2020