ID Theft Makes Hospital Question Patient Information Policy

DENVER
Published: February 5, 2009

Denver-based St. Anthony Central Hospital is reviewing its patient information policy after a former hospital employee admitted to stealing records for a year and a half. In an effort to protect its patients, the hospital may institute a new policy that would not require patients to supply their Social Security numbers during check-in.

The former hospital employee admitted to taking as many as 20 patient records a week. She stole specific records of white men and then gave the information to a family friend. Both have been charged with identity theft.

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