(Phoenix), Arizona, June 2, 2018
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has identified a data breach incident. St. Joseph’s is notifying patients whose records may have been compromised.
As part of St. Joseph’s commitment to the security of its patients, the hospital consistently reviews employees’ access to electronic medical records. As a result, the hospital has identified that from October 13, 2017 through March 29, 2018, a hospital employee viewed portions of 229 patient medical records without a business reason to do so.
Information that may have been viewed included certain demographic information, including name and date of birth, and clinical data such as nurses’ or doctors’ notes and diagnostic information. Because the information viewed did not include Social Security, billing or credit card information, the hospital has no reason to believe these patients need to take any action to protect themselves against identity theft.
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is deeply committed to protecting its patients. Any person who accesses medical records without a job-related reason is in violation of St. Joseph’s policy and appropriate action has been taken in response to this event.
St. Joseph’s regrets any inconvenience caused by this incident. Letters have been mailed to patients whose medical records may have been viewed and the hospital has established a call center to answer any questions they may have. Individuals who were patients at St. Joseph’s between October 13, 2017 and March 29, 2018 and have questions, can call (877) 406-9191.
About Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Located in the heart of Phoenix, Ariz., St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 586-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. St. Joseph’s is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Norton Thoracic Institute. U.S. News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph’s among the best hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery. For more information please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org/stjosephs