Identity Theft Ring Compromises UF&Shands Patient Records
GAINESVILLE ― An employee working at a University of Florida medical clinic with ties to an identity theft ring may have compromised patient personal and health information.
UF is notifying more than 14,000 patients of the UF&Shands Family Medicine at Main practice that they should take appropriate measures to protect themselves from identity theft.
UF is offering fraud resolution services for those who suspect or confirm identity theft associated with this incident; the fraud service offer is good for one year. So far, UF has been unable to locate current addresses for 450 patients.
Anyone who was a patient between March 2009 and October 2012 and does not receive a letter should telephone the UF call center listed below to find out if he or she may be affected.
“We share our patients’ frustration regarding this situation and regret that it happened,” said Susan Blair, chief privacy officer for the University of Florida. “We are committed to serving our patients and helping them get through any problems that arise stemming from this incident.”
The Office of the State Attorney, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Secret Service allege a UF employee acquired patient insurance information, including names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, and may have sold some of the information to a third party.
The employee has been terminated and may face criminal charges.
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