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NY radiologist arrested for stealing PHI of nearly 100,000 patients

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 15, 2014

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Authorities recently arrested a New York radiologist for allegedly stealing the PHI of 96,998 patients, according to a press release from the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.

James Kessler, 38, is charged with improperly accessing the patients’ records from January 17, 2014, through April 27, 2014, while working as a radiologist at NRAD Medical Associates, with locations in Nassau and Queens, New York. Authorities found a hard drive that contained patient records, patient billing system dates, NRAD corporate credit card information, corporate marketing materials, and IT information during a search of Kessler’s home, according to the press release.
The Nassau County District Attorney charged Kessler with unauthorized use of a computer, unlawful duplication of computer-related material in the second degree, and petit larceny, according to the press release. NRAD discovered the breach in April and notified HHS in June prior to sending a notification letter to affected patients, according to the press release.
Kessler is due to be arraigned January 6, 2015, and faces up to one year in prison if convicted.
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