Daniel Chang reports:
A ‘rogue’ employee at Miami-Dade’s public hospital network, Jackson Health System, was placed on administrative leave for suspicion of stealing reams of private patient information over the last five years in a scheme that may have compromised more than 24,000 records, according to hospital officials.
Evelina Reid, a hospital unit secretary and Jackson Health employee since 2005, has been placed on administrative leave and stripped of her access to all facilities and records, CEO Carlos Migoya reported on Tuesday in a memo to Miami-Dade commissioners and the hospital system’s board of trustees.
Read more on The Miami Herald. I’m surprised that the employee was named publicly, but now it’s out there in public.
JHS issued the following media statement yesterday:
Miami, FL – ‘Jackson Health System has launched a full investigation and is cooperating with law enforcement agencies regarding a rogue hospital employee who may have stolen confidential patient information including names, birthdates, social security numbers, and home addresses over the last five years. The employee was placed on administrative leave pending termination proceedings, and all of her access to Jackson systems, facilities, and patient information was immediately revoked.
Jackson Health System is committed to patient confidentiality. The safety and security of our patients is top priority. In order to protect our patients’ rights and private information, we enforce strict rules for those who handle patient information.
We are already in the process of acquiring and implementing a more robust security system to monitor access to patient records.
Any allegations about a breach in security and patient privacy are taken extremely seriously. Jackson Health System continually educates all employees on privacy rules and regulations and has zero tolerance for violations.
Those patients whose personal information was accessed will be notified and offered free credit monitoring. Patients seeking additional information about this breach should email [email protected].’