Health Information Management

MA hospital worker fired for stealing patient information

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 28, 2012

A Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary employee did not want to pay her electric bill. So she turned to some of her facility’s patients for help.

She has criminal charges pending.

Fallon Delacruz was fired, and she and her brother, Emmanuel, have been charged with identity theft and larceny after they used patients’ Social Security numbers to open accounts with National Grid, according to a May 19 report in the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass.

Mass. Eye and Ear has offered one year of free credit monitoring to potentially affected patients, and sent mail notifications to about 3,600 patients whose Social Security numbers Delacruz was able to access.

“We are saddened and disappointed that this former employee appears to have chosen to violate both our trust and that of our patients,” Mass. Eye and Ear president and CEO John Fernandez said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and concern caused by this incident.”

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