OR: Prineville woman charged in St. Charles Bend data breach

Barney Lerten reports the latest update on an insider-snooping case previously noted on this site:

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel filed criminal charges Tuesday against a Prineville woman for illegally accessing scores of electronic patient records in the St. Charles Health System.

Dawnielle Vaca, 35, while employed as a certified nursing assistant at St. Charles Bend, “viewed thousands of patient records that she was unauthorized to view,” Hummel said in a news release.

Vaca faces two counts of computer crime for accessing the St. Charles computer system to view the records, Hummel said. She has not been arrested, and instead was sent a letter to appear in court later this month, the DA told NewsChannel 21.

“Vaca did not have a financial motive to access the records,” Hummel wrote, “and there is no evidence that any patient suffered financial harm as a result of this privacy breach.”  Rather, he said, “Vaca viewed the records because she was curious.”

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