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Montefiore Medical Center's patients to get $1,000,000 insurance policy after data breach

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 21, 2020
Montefiore Medical Center from New York is notifying patients about a security breach involving information accessed illegally by a former employee.
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In July of 2020, Montefiore discovered that the employee allegedly stole approximately four thousand patient names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers between January 2018 and July 2020.

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The employee was fired, and an NYPD investigation is underway.

To date, there is no evidence that this patient information has been used for identity theft.

Montefiore requires criminal background checks on all employees and has comprehensive privacy policies, including a strict Code of Conduct that prohibits employees from looking at patient records unless they have a work-related reason.

The employee involved in this case received significant privacy and security training but chose to violate Montefiore's policies.

Montefiore's sophisticated technology that monitors improper access to electronic patient records identified the employee.

In the wake of this breach Montefiore is expanding monitoring capabilities and employee training programs to bolster privacy safeguards and standards.

In addition, Montefiore is offering all affected patients identity theft protection services through ID Experts.

Patients will receive identity recovery services, 12 months of credit monitoring and a $1,000,000 insurance policy.

Patients with questions regarding this incident can visit or call 1-833-755-1027 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding major holidays.

These costs will be fully covered by Montefiore.