Virginia Mason Memorial hospital notifies 419 patients after employees snooped in their records

Molly Rosbach reports:

Virginia Mason Memorial hospital sent out letters last week to 419 of its past emergency room patients, alerting them of a privacy violation.

A routine internal audit revealed that from roughly October to January, 21 employees at the hospital had improperly accessed those patients’ records.

Read more on The Yakima Herald.

A statement by the hospital’s administrator’s caught my eye, though:

Belliston and Myers emphasized that this was not an information security problem; the hospital was not hacked from the outside.

Not an information security problem? Really? I wouldn’t put it that way.

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