Tampa General Hospital employee accessed personal patient information

TBO reports:

Tampa General Hospital terminated an employee who improperly accessed the personal information of 675 patients.

Without authorization, the employee accessed single-page cover sheets that included patient names, addresses, birthdays, diagnoses and insurers, a hospital official said. Some of the sheets included social security numbers. The hospital is not sure what happened to all the cover sheets, an official said.

Hospital spokesman John Dunn said Tampa General shared all of its findings with authorities.

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Tampa General Hospital has been involved in other patient data breaches since 2013 (cf, this case this case, and this report).

Update: This incident was added to HHS’s public breach tool in November 2014. Their entry indicates that the breach began on October 3, 2011.

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