ProMedica employee stole patient information, Secret Service alleges

An employee at Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica stole patient data between April 2017 and March 2019, the U.S. Secret Service alleges, according to 13abc.

An investigation found that while performing regular duties, the employee handwrote personal information from 121 patient files and removed the information from the hospital without authorization.

It is unclear in what department the employee worked; however, the employee no longer works at ProMedica.

Data that may have been exposed included names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, medical insurance information, Social Security numbers and other demographic information. Patients who were affected have been notified.

In a statement to 13abc, ProMedica said the following: 

"ProMedica takes the security and confidentiality of our patient information very seriously, and we will continue to evaluate our processes and procedures to prevent this type of theft. We are deeply disappointed that this happened and will provide the necessary services to help the affected patients through this unfortunate situation."

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