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Police open criminal investigation into ProMedica Bay Park security breach

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The Oregon Police Dept. confirms it will conduct a criminal investigation into a security breach at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.

The investigation comes after ProMedica announced a privacy breach at the facility in Oregon.

ProMedica leaders say, from April 1, 2013 through April 1, 2014, an employee accessed the records of nearly 600 patients, including personal information like names and medications.

A company spokesperson says the company does not believe the information included financial information like Social Security numbers.

In total, 594 patients were affected by the privacy breach.

ProMedica tells 13abc one employee accessed the records of patients that he or she was not directly treating.

At this point, it's unclear why.

"Any breach of confidentiality is not good," Northwood resident Julie Luce said.

ProMedica is taking proactive steps to ensure patient privacy by offering a free one-year membership of identity theft protection services for anyone affected by the breach.

"Any breach is concerning, but it sounds like they're on top of it and addressing it," Mark Tantari, who lives in Northwood said.

ProMedica Bay Park released a statement Wednesday afternoon. "The hospital is taking this matter very seriously,” it says. “ProMedica immediately deactivated the employee's access to patient information and [the person] is no longer employed by ProMedica."    

If you have any questions, you’re asked to email ProMedica at promedicaprivacy@promedica.org.

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OREGON, Ohio, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital is individually notifying 594 patients regarding a breach of protected health information.

On April 2, Bay Park Hospital discovered that between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, an employee accessed the records of patients that the employee was not directly treating without a valid business reason. An investigation found the information the employee accessed may have included full name, date of birth, diagnosis, hospital visit number, medical record number, attending physician, medications and other clinical information. Based on our records, we don’t believe the information accessed by the employee contained any financial information including Social Security numbers or that the employee intended to retain any viewed information.

Bay Park Hospital values patient privacy and deeply regrets that this incident occurred. Patients impacted will receive individual letters containing further details including a complimentary one-year membership of identity theft protection services. Additional steps impacted patients can take to help reduce the chances of identity theft include placing a 90-fraud alert and a security freeze on their credit file, ordering free annual credit reports from www.annualcreditreport.com and carefully reviewing credit reports and bank, credit card and other account statements. Patients who do not receive letters and feel they may have been impacted can email promedicaprivacy@promedica.org. Patients with questions should also send an email to promedicaprivacy@promedica.org.

Protecting patient privacy is of the upmost importance at Bay Park Hospital. Once we discovered the breach, ProMedica immediately deactivated the employee’s access to patient information and the individual is no longer employed by ProMedica. Bay Park Hospital is taking precautions to prevent any further health information breaches. This includes additional training for employees to ensure they understand and follow patient information access policies. The breach has been reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, visit www.promedica.org/baypark.

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