A former employee at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., may have been acting in a whistleblower capacity when on August 8 he wheeled out medical records and brought them to the California Department of Public Health.

The result is that the hospital is notifying about 6,500 patients of a breach of protected information that includes names, dates of birth, service dates, admitting physicians, medical record numbers, diagnosis and admit dates and times. The former employee, who was moving personal effects to his vehicle with a cart, put emergency department transfer logs on the cart as well.

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