Local Hospital Warns 1,000 Patient Records Wrongly Accessed
January 9, 2017
An area hospital is warning that nearly 1,000 electronic health records were accessed inappropriately.
Infirmary Management Services, Inc, which manages Atmore Community Hospital, discovered during a routine audit in November that an ACH employee accessed the electronic record of approximately 1,000 patents without an appropriate work related reason between October 3, 2015, and November 11, 2016, the company said in a statement.
“This unauthorized access constitutes a breach of patient privacy and is in violation of organizational policy. The information accessed was limited to patient names, hospital admission dates and flowsheets. This employee was authorized to access limited portions of patient records, but contrary to extensive training and specific instructions, unnecessarily viewed other records,” Infirmary said.
The employee was immediately placed on leave and subsequently terminated. ACH said they were assured that the information viewed by the employee was not distributed outside of the hospital or misused.
ACH said the risk from fraudulent activity from the incident is very low; however all affected patients have been notified by mail and instructed they should monitor their personal financial activity as an added safeguard.
ACH patients with questions can call Infirmary at (251) 435-3900.