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The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Florida Digestive Health Specialists has notified 4,400 patients that a former employee improperly accessed and photographed patient records that included names, birthdates, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.
Because the investigation is ongoing, the former employee's name hasn't been released.
"This particular person went to print the photos at Walmart, and the manager was suspicious of them and turned them in to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office," Florida Digestive Health privacy officer Terri Zahn told the Herald-Tribune. "They were able to link them back to one of our care centers and the former employee. We have been cooperating in any way we could to help them with the case."
The employee was terminated immediately, and Florida Digestive Health says it has already taken steps to tighten its security in response to the breach. Patients are being advised to monitor their credit reports for suspicious activity.