10,000 Patient Records Exposed in John Hopkins Security Breach

BALTIMORE
Published: May 13, 2009

Officials at John Hopkins Hospital have informed more than 10,000 people that their patient information has been compromised, according to baltimoresun.com. Authorities believe a former hospital employee is involved as part of a scheme to create fraudulent Virginia driver’s licenses.

Hospital officials sent a letter to the Maryland attorney general’s office identity theft unit in April citing that the employee, who worked in the patient registration area, had access to information such as names, addresses, parents’ names and Social Security numbers. While the employee, who was not named in the letter, is expected to be indicted, hospital officials are not sure whether she was involved in the theft, according to the news source.

Forty-six victims of identity theft have been identified by law enforcement agencies. Of those victims, 31 were connected to the hospital. John Hopkins is offering credit monitoring and other services to the 31 victims. Additionally, more than 500 people with Virginia mailing addresses whose information was accessed by the suspect were also offered credit monitoring services.

Nearly 10,200 people were told to monitor their accounts for improper activity, as the former employee had accessed their records.

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Hospital officials maintain that all John Hopkins employees undergo criminal background checks.

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