(Albany, GA) – Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (“PPMH”) announced today that on April 9, 2012, it learned from law enforcement that a now former employee improperly accessed patient information with the intent to process fraudulent tax returns. After completing a through internal investigation, it was determined that some patient names, dates of birth, and social security numbers were potentially accessed some time between June 2010 and April 2012. No medical records were accessed or taken, and no medical information has been lost.
This incident affected Phoebe Home Health patients treated between July 2005 and April 2012. The hospital began mailing notification letters on May 24 to individuals who may have been affected, offering a year of credit monitoring services and providing them call center support. More information can also be found online at www.phoebeputney.com.
“The privacy, security and safety of the Phoebe Putney community and the patient information it maintains are a top priority,” said Brad Hallford, Phoebe Vice President of compliance. “The hospital has taken the necessary steps to reinforce and refine staff procedures, so that patient information is less vulnerable in the future.”