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Lowell General Hospital notifies patients after firing rogue employee who accessed files improperly

Ah, I feel like I’ve been transported back in time, when it was always so hard to find a notification of a breach on an entity’s web site.

I went searching for information on a breach Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts reported to HHS as affecting 769 patients. I was looking for media contact information, when I saw a tiny little message at the bottom of their home page (you have to scroll down and down to find it): “A Message to Our Patients Regarding Privacy Concerns.”

The link has no date on it, and clicking on the link takes you to an undated notice, which may be the explanation for the report to HHS:

A Message to Our Patients Regarding Privacy Concerns Lowell General Hospital is committed to assuring the privacy of our patients’ health and personal information. Lowell General Hospital recently learned that an unauthorized employee accessed electronic patient medical records without medical reason to do so. As a result, the employee has been terminated and is no...(continued)
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