Lincoln health center warning patients of data breach, fired worker

Nick Sambides Jr. reports:

Health Access Network is warning “a very small number” of its 17,000 patients to beware of identity theft after firing a new employee for improperly accessing patient clinical information, its CEO said Wednesday.

The federally funded community health center contacted the U.S. attorney general’s office and the Department of Justice on Monday and began mailing letters to affected patients last week. The letters advised the patients to monitor their “various accounts to ensure there is no suspicious activity,” according to a copy a patient gave to the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday night.

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