An employee at Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center has been fired after attempting to take home personal information on more than 1,300 patients and guarantors, the health system reported.
Loma Linda Medical reports possible privacy breach
LLUMC, which includes Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, LLUMC—East Campus, a behavioral medicine center, a heart and surgical hospital, and physician clinics, became aware of the possible breach on or around Dec. 19, according to an e-mailed news release. Information that the now-terminated employee attempted to take or did take home included dates of birth, addresses, medical record numbers, driver's license numbers and, in some cases, Social Security numbers, according to the release. The information has since been secured, Loma Linda reported. An LLUMC spokeswoman was unable to confirm whether the employee sought to take paper records or electronically stored records.
LLUMC is working with TransUnion to provide affected patients credit monitoring. Individuals who have concerns about the potential breach can call 800-242-5181. The medical center has notified the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Public Health about the incident, according to the release.
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