Cops: ER Employee Sold 760,000 Patient Records
The FBI has arrested a former employee of Florida Hospital Celebration, charging him with accessing 760,000 emergency department records over two years and selling them, WFTV in Orlando reports.
The bureau alleges that Dale Munroe, who registered patients in the emergency department, primarily accessed records of patients who were in an automobile accident from several hospitals across the state, and sold the records to someone who sold them to chiropractors and attorneys.
Patients usually got a solicitation call within a week. The scheme unraveled when one of the calls went to a hospital employee who knew the records were to be private, WFTV reports.
The FBI investigation and resulting discovery of the scope of the breach follows Florida Hospital's original report last year to the HHS Office for Civil Rights of a breach in August 2011 that at the time was believed to have affected 12,784 patients, as the breach currently is displayed on OCR's public Web site of major breaches of protected health information.