Former employee reportedly steals mental health data on 28,434 Bexar County patients

Samantha Ehlinger reports:

The Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio is notifying 28,434 local patients whose Social Security numbers, mental health and other sensitive records were stolen when a former employee allegedly took the data on his personal laptop after he was fired, the company said in a news release.

The mental health authority for Bexar County said the former employee stole a bevy of sensitive data more than a year ago, including the “names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical records numbers, dates of services, referral information, progress notes, types of services, diagnoses, medications, lab and toxicology reports, autopsy reports, death certificates, treatment plans, discharge and death summaries and collateral hospital information.”

Although the former employee was fired on May 31, 2016, the Center said it didn’t discover the breach until Nov. 7, “as a result of documents produced in litigation between the former employee and CHCS,” according to the release on Friday. The nature of the litigation between the center and the employee is unclear, and the center declined to elaborate.

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