University Hospitals fires employee for inappropriately accessing medical records

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An employee of University Hospitals Elyria (Ohio) Medical Center has been fired after the hospital discovered the employee accessed medical records of patients without authorization, according to a Fox8 report.

On May 13, the hospital learned of the unauthorized access to the medical records and launched an investigation. The report does not indicate the role of the employee, but it says the records accessed were outside of the employee's duties.

The employee accessed 297 patients' records that included names, birthdates, medical record numbers, dates of services and diagnostic and treatment information. Additionally, some records may have included patient addresses, telephone numbers and names of health insurers, but no Social Security numbers or financial information was accessed, according to the report.

UH Elyria Medical Center currently has no indication of any fraud, identity theft or misuse of the information, according to the report.

UH Elyria Medical Center did not immediately respond to a request for comments.

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