Howard University Hospital

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Date Breach Made Public: 
May 15, 2012
Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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A dishonest employee working as a technician in the surgery department at Howard University Health Sciences sold patient information between August 2010 and December of 2011. The employee was charged with one count of wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information.  Patient names, Medicare numbers, addresses, and dates of birth may have been exposed.

UPDATE (09/24/2012): The dishonest employee was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and three years of probation. The probation term includes six months in a halfway house followed by six months of home confinement.  She was also fined $2,100.  Her illegal activities involved taking the records of hospital patients, selling their names, addresses, dates of birth, and medical numbers to an unauthorized party, and providing blank hospital prescription forms as well. The dishonest employee was paid between $500 and $800 in cash for each transaction. The information was used for fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions.