Another identity theft of Hospital Patient records by an employee

March 24, 2014

There is a lot of discussion about how our records are securely stored and who can have access to them but the real problem right now seems to be with those that already have authorized access.


The has been yet another identity theft of Hospital Patient records by an employee. The Detroit Medical Center announced in early March that more than a thousand Harper University Hospital patients have been stolen. Harper University Hospital sent letters to 1,087 who were affected after learning about the security breach from the West Bloomfield Police Department.

Police discovered personal documents in the possession of an employee including personal health information, such as name, date of birth, the reason for patient’s visit, and in some cases social security numbers during an identity theft investigation. The West Bloomfield Police Department said in a statement it “is partnering with local and federal agencies regarding this investigation.”

Hospital officials said they immediately revoked the employee’s access to its computer systems and all Detroit Medical Center (DMC) hospitals and the employee is no longer employed by the health system. The hospital has offered free credit monitoring to the affected patients.