Hospital Facebook post leads to ID theft

October 21, 2013 in Medical Technology

Back in 2010, Alexandra Thran, MD, was fired from Rhode Island-based Westerly Hospital after she posted a trauma patient’s data to a social media site. Although the patient’s name wasn’t listed, enough information was available so the patient could be identified in the community. 

[See also: Email chain mishap exposes data of 3,700.]


In 2011, a staffing agency employee working at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif., reportedly posted a patient data on his Facebook page, ridiculing the patient’s medical condition, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. “Funny but this patient came in to cure her VD and get birth control,” he wrote along with a photo of the patient’s medical record. 


Incidences such as these, cropping up nationwide, have prompted many organizations to adopt strict social media policies for employees.


[See also: Arkansas data breach remains unclear, gender discrimination lawsuit at core.]



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