BC Advantage - 2017 Issue 5

Learning from Vanderbilt: Dealing with HIPAA Breaches

What did Vanderbilt announce?On February 24, an article in The Tennessean published an article entitled Vanderbilt Hospital Employees Breached Patient Records.   Vanderbilt Medical Center (VUMC) is sending notification letters to over 3,000 patients, whose medical records were inappropriately accessed by patient transporters. "An audit of electronic patient files conducted by the VUMC Privacy Office found that two people who worked as patient transporters looked at 3,247 medical records between May 2015 and December 2016, according to a release from VUMC. The employees accessed information from adult and pediatric records, including names, birth dates, and...

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