Ephrata Community Hospital Admits Security Breach

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Pennsylvania's Ephrata Community Hospital recently began notifying patients that one of its employees had inappropriately viewed patients' medical records (h/t HealthITSecurity).

"On April 16, 2013, we learned that one of our employees had accessed patient medical records prior to that date," the notice states. "Viewing these medical records was outside the employee's job duties. We immediately began an investigation and confirmed that the employee viewed some patients' electronic medical records and may have accessed clinical information. The employee did not access any Social Security numbers or other financial information, and Ephrata terminated the employee."

While the hospital doesn't believe that the information was used in any way, it has been sending letters to all affected patients. Hospital spokeswoman Joanne Eshelman told WHTM's Myles Snyder that the hospital has also "taken steps to better protect patient information."

Patients with questions are advised to call (888) 414-8021 and enter the reference code 8934061413.