Employee of Cancer Specialists of Tidewater stole more than 2,000 patients' identity information

Prue Salasky reports:

Newport News-based Riverside Health System has announced a security breach at Cancer Specialists of Tidewater, a Riverside-owned practice with offices in Virginia Beach, Suffolk and Chesapeake. More than 2,000 patients have potentially been affected by a team member accused of identity theft.

The female employee charged, a medical assistant at the practice from August 2012 to June 2014, is no longer employed by Riverside. The health system says it is assisting the Chesapeake Police Department in an investigation.

Read more on Daily Press. I do not see any notice on either Riverside’s or Cancer Specialists of Tidewater’s websites as of the time of this posting.

Update: Scott Daugherty reports that the employee, T’sha Riddick, never underwent a background check:

Peter Glagola, a Riverside spokesman, said the hospital system was unaware the Elizabeth City resident had been convicted nine years ago in North Carolina of two felonies, including credit card fraud.

Glagola explained that Riddick was hired as an unlicensed medical assistant, and that the company requires background checks only for licensed employees. Others are screened randomly, he said.

“This is bringing a lot of things to light,” Glagola said.

Read more on HamptonRoads.com.

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