Radiologist at Center of Data Breach at Connecticut's Griffin Hospital

A radiologist has been connected with the breach of medical information for 957 patients at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., according to a report in the Hartford Courant.

The radiologist, whose position at the hospital ended on Feb. 3, worked for a contracted group for the hospital. From Feb. 4-March 5, he accessed information, not including Social Security numbers or financial data, through the hospital's Digital Picture Archiving and Communication System using passwords of other employees without their knowledge, according to the report. The physician downloaded medical imaging information, including x-rays, for 339 Griffin patients, some of whom were contacted by a physician offering his services at another hospital.

It was not indicated if the radiologist was fired or left Griffin for another reason. The hospital notified the Connecticut Attorney General's office and the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services of the breach, according to the report.

Read the Courant's report on Griffin Hospital's patient data breach.

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