CA: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center discloses insider breach affecting 2,864 patients

Karen Robes Meeks reports:

The private information of nearly 3,000 Long Beach Memorial Medical Center patients may have been breached by an employee, the hospital announced Thursday.

The hospital notified the 2,864 patients who were seen from September 2012 to last month of the breach of information, which included name, sex, date of birth, home address, phone number, account number, insurance information and the reason for admission.

Patients were also offered one year of free credit monitoring services and a toll free telephone number to call for questions and concerns: 877-283-6545.

“At this time, there is no reason to believe the information was used in a malicious manner or one that would impact quality of patient care,” the hospital said in a statement.

Read more on Press-Telegram.

So if the data haven’t been used “in a malicious manner,” was it because the breach was caught in time to prevent misuse or for some other reason? Why did the employee have the information? And how did the medical center learn of the breach? I cannot find any statement on the medical center’s web site at the time of this posting.

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