Boone Hospital Suffers Data Breach


KOMU 8 News reports that Missouri's Boone Hospital Center recently began notifying approximately 125 patients that an employee working for a physician clinic affiliated with the hospital may have inappropriately accessed their personal health information, including their birthdates, Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses and prescribed treatments (h/t Becker's Hospital Review).

Boone Hospital privacy director Kathleen Pitzer told KOMU 8 News that a patient contacted the hospital on September 16, 2013, to say that she believed her personal health information had been inappropriately accessed by an employee working for a staff physician.

The hospital viewed the employee's access history and confirmed that she had access to such information. The employee's access was terminated on September 19, 2013.

Boone Hospital is offering all those afffected one year of free access to a credit monitoring service.

In a statement provided to KOMU 8 News, hospital media relations spokesman Jacob Luecke said, "The hospital and the practice cooperated on an immediate investigation and have taken appropriate action regarding the practice's employee."