Hospital releases sensitive patient info by mistake

Hospital releases sensitive patient info by mistake

fox5sandiego.com

[trib_ndn vid=26281807]SAN DIEGO — Hospital employees sent out detailed personal information about more than 14,000 patients to several job applicants by mistake this month, officials at Rady Children’s Hospital said Wednesday.

Officials said the security breach, which happened on June 6, prompted an internal review and the discovery of a second breach in 2012 in which less detailed information about more than 6,000 patients was mistakenly sent to job applicants. In both cases, the files were sent as training files to evaluate the skills of job applicants, Rady officials said.

Rady Children’s HospitalThe information breach was the result of human error, and the hospital’s computers systems were never compromised, officials said.

According to Ben Metcalf, a hospital media relations representative, the file sent to four job applicants on June 6 was a spreadsheet containing information on 14,121 patients. It included patients’ names, dates of birth, primary diagnoses, admit/discharge dates, medical record numbers…

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