Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Notifies Patients Who Were Potentially Impacted by a Former Employee’s Unauthorized Access of Electronic Medical Records
QUEENS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital (“LIJFH”) today announced that it has notified patients who were potentially impacted by a former employee’s unauthorized access of electronic medical records. LIJFH has taken steps to address this matter and is offering credit monitoring to any patient who may have been affected.
As background, on January 24, 2020, a subpoena was issued seeking documents in connection with an investigation into a “No Fault” motor vehicle accident insurance scheme. After receiving this subpoena, LIJFH reviewed the matter and determined that a former employee who was referenced in the subpoena improperly accessed certain electronic medical records. To date, LIJFH has no evidence that the information accessed by the former employee was used improperly or had anything to do with the insurance scheme that was being investigated. However, out of an abundance of caution, LIJFH decided to notify every patient whose medical records were accessed by the former LIJFH employee through its medical record system during the period of time for which the former employee had access to patient records (August 23, 2016 through October 31, 2017). LIJFH is making these notifications regardless of whether the patient was involved in a motor vehicle accident. LIJFH cooperated fully with the investigation, which included following law enforcement’s instructions to delay notifying any patients who were potentially impacted by the scheme through August 5, 2021.
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This is not LIJ’s first case of insider-wrongdoing, as this site covered previous cases back in 2012-2013.