In a press release issued by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, they are alerting the public that patient information could be compromised.
The release states that on April 9th, Phoebe Putney learned from law enforcement that a now former employee improperly accessed patient information with the intent to process fraudulent tax returns
The following investigation determined that some patient names, dates of birth, and social security numbers were potentially accessed some time between June 2010 and April 2012. Phoebe also added that no medical records were accessed or taken and that no medical information had been lost.
Phoebe Vice President of compliance Brad Hallford stated in the release that the privacy, security and safety of the Phoebe Putney community and the patient information it maintains are a top priority. The hospital has taken the necessary steps to reinforce and refine staff procedures, so that patient information is less vulnerable in the future.