Providence notifies 5,400 patients of insider breach

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An internal audit in May revealed a former employee may have inappropriately accessed the medical records of 5,400 patients at Providence Health & Services in Oregon, reports KGW.

The employee was based in Portland, and the audit indicated the employee accessed health records between July 2012 and April 2016. Potentially compromised information includes demographic and medical treatment information. The report also indicates the employee may have viewed insurance information and Social Security numbers. However, Providence Health & Services does not believe the employee used or disclosed any of the information.

The health system fired the employee upon learning of the breach.

Providence did not immediately return Becker's Hospital Review's request for comment.

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