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[Dataloss] Mayo Clinic worker fired for snooping on patient records

From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Fri Sep 10 2010 - 15:52:34 CDT


Mayo Clinic worker fired for snooping on patient records
9/9/2010 9:34:50 PM
By Jeff Hansel
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

A Mayo Clinic employee has been fired after accessing patient medical and
financial records simply to snoop.

The employee worked in the Mayo financial business unit in Arizona and
once worked in Rochester.

An estimated 1,700 patient records were accessed, said Mayo spokesman
Chris Gade, noting the employee had access to all Mayo Clinic patient
records at all Mayo sites.

The breech was discovered in mid-July.

"This activity took place between 2006 and 2010. An internal investigation
was immediately launched. Following a thorough review of the facts, the
person was fired," says a Mayo statement.

This is the second high-profile termination at Mayo in the past month. In
late August, the clinic announced that a radiologic technologist at Mayo
in Jacksonville, Fla., had admitted injecting himself with pain medicine
intended for patients, refilling the syringes with saline solution and
shooting the resulting mix into patients' IV lines. In the process, the
worker allegedly infected at least three patients with hepatitis C.

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