A spokeswoman for the Harris County (Texas) Hospital District said an admissions supervisor at Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, has been suspended pending an investigation into her alleged involvement in a suspected information theft ring that exploited confidential patient records. The Harris County district attorney's probe of the ring broadened last month after a search warrant executed on a Houston accident investigation company yielded "numerous boxes of patient records" from "a number of hospitals," Assistant District Attorney Lester Blizzard said. The ring allegedly involved hospital employees illegally selling confidential patient records as leads for personal injury lawyers. The investigation resulted in the Aug. 22 arrest of a patient care assistant at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston. No new arrests or search warrants have been executed, Blizzard said. -- by Mark Taylor
Worker's alleged role in information theft ring investigated
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