Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The University of Florida (UF) recently announced that an employee at the UF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at Tower Square was found to have ties to identity theft ring and may have compromised 5,682 patients' personal and health information (h/t PHIprivacy.net).
On April 11, 2013, the U.S. Secret Service informed the university that the employee was part of an identity theft ring, and that she may have accessed pediatric patient records in order to steal patient names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers.
All 5,682 patients and parents of patients are being notified of the potential breach, and are being offered one year of free fraud resolution services from Identity Theft 911.
"We deeply regret what happened and share the frustration associated with this situation," Susan Blair, chief privacy officer for the University of Florida, said in a statement. "Protecting patient information is a top priority for us, and we are committed to finding new ways to identify and help prevent employee misconduct."
Patients and parents of patients with questions are advised to call (877) 552-1299.