WVU Medicine University Healthcare notifies 7k patients of data breach

Martinsburg, W.Va.-based WVU Medicine University Healthcare has notified 7,445 patients of a breach of protected health information, according to The Journal.

University Healthcare officials were notified of the breach on Jan. 17.

After an internal investigation, officials determined an employee of Martinsburg, W.Va.-based Berkeley Medical Center had accessed the PHI without authorization. The employee, who was fired Jan. 27, allegedly wrote down the information of 113 patients and carried it off the premises. Law enforcement authorities say the 113 individuals are victims of identity theft.

Information on criminal charges against the employee has not been released, according to WVMetroNews.com.

University Healthcare has set up free identity monitoring services to all impacted patients. It has also created a call center to answer patients' questions.

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