VCU Health System notifies 2,700 of inappropriate access to their medical records

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is notifying about 2,700 people that their or their minor child’s electronic medical records were inappropriately accessed over a three-year period. The university said it has no indication that the private health information has been used for any unintended purposes.

The breach was found Jan. 10 when an unusual pattern of accessing electronic medical records was detected.

An investigation found that employees of some community physician groups and an employee of a contracted vendor accessed, without legitimate business reasons, information about services patients received at the VCU Health System. As a result of the incidents, the respective employers terminated those employees.

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