Florida Hospital in Orlando recently fired three employees after learning that they were passing patient information to an attorney referral service, the Orlando Sentinel recently reported.
The hospital has notified 2,252 patients, according to the newspaper, after a patient treated in the emergency room following an automobile accident received a solicitation from a referral service. An investigation revealed information on patients in such accidents had been passed on to the referral service from January 2010 until Aug. 15, 2011, when the patient contacted the hospital.
In a statement to patients, the hospital said it is offering free identity theft and credit monitoring services through security firm Kroll Inc. "While Florida Hospital has no evidence that your information has been misused, we are taking key steps to help guard against the damage identity theft can cause and have heightened security measures to protect our patients and Florida Hospital from future incidents. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this incident may cause you."
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