Theft of private data on 900 L.A. County-USC patients investigated

Veronica Rocha reports:

Officials are investigating a security and privacy breach affecting 900 patients who were treated at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center’s mental health facility.

The breach was discovered April 3 during a search of the home of a nurse who was employed at the Augustus F. Hawkins Mental Health Center, said Michael Wilson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The investigation was not related to county business, he said.

The nurse, whose name wasn’t released, allegedly stole documents containing patients’ names, medical and insurance information, birth dates, Social Security numbers, diagnoses and other personal information.

The nurse has since resigned and is no longer working with the hospital, Wilson said.

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A copy of LAC’s notification letter can be found here. The letter is also available in Spanish. Other resources for breach victims are linked from here.

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