Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, said that it notified 37,000 patients by letter that their personal information may have been compromised by a former employee who has pleaded guilty on charges related to identity theft.
Police in Arlington, Texas, told the company in December 2007 that they found identity documents for 90 patients in the former employee's possession, Tenet spokesman Steve Campanini said. The former employees' possession of the documents outside of the office violated company policy on patient financial information, and the man's employment was terminated, Campanini said. The former employee worked at Tenet's billing office in Frisco, Texas, which handles 4 million patient accounts, Campanini said.
For the 90 patients whose personal information was breached, Tenet contacted them by telephone and also paid for extra credit monitoring, Campanini said. A credit alert was set up at no cost to the other 37,000 patients who potentially were affected by the former employee's fraud, he added. The patients came from Tenet's hospital portfolio and also included hospitals that Tenet has divested, a total of more than 100 facilities, Campanini said.