Memorial Hermann worker accused of stealing patients’ credit card numbers to pay rent

Sophia Beausoleil reports:

A Memorial Hermann employee has been suspended after he was charged with credit and debit card abuse.

He’s accused of stealing patients information to pay for rent, buy food and purchase rides to work.

According to Harris County court records, 26-year-old Elliott Phylow admitted to Harris County Precinct Four constables that he used credit card information from patients who went to Memorial Hermann Hospital for care.

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While this may not seem like a major breach as HIPAA breaches go, this may have stung the board room there, as Memorial Hermann has made headlines in 2003, 2009, and 2014 for cases involving rogue employees, and those may not be the only cases involving employees.

Is there some magic number or ratio above which HHS/OCR will start to look seriously at why an entity has multiple insider-wrongdoing breaches?  If so, what is the magic number or ratio?

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