[ISN] Riverside announces security breach

http://www.dailypress.com/health/dp-nws-security-breach-riverside-20140729,0,1160235.story By Prue Salasky dailypress.com July 29, 2014 Newport News-based Riverside Health System has announced a security breach at Cancer Specialists of Tidewater, a Riverside-owned practice with offices in Virginia Beach, Suffolk and Chesapeake. More than 2,000 patients have potentially been affected by a team member accused of identity theft. The female employee charged, a medical assistant at the practice from August 2012 to June 2014, is no longer employed by Riverside. The health system says it is assisting the Chesapeake Police Department in an investigation. Riverside bought Cancer Specialists in 2007, but its name never changed to reflect its ownership. According to a news release, it does not believe the employee obtained credit card information from any of Riverside’s electronic systems; however, as a precaution, it is contacting patients of the practice whose records were accessed by the team member. It is offering free three-bureau credit monitoring to those 2,000 patients and to staff at the practice. “Keeping patient information protected is vital at Riverside. We have a robust compliance program and ongoing monitoring in place. We are looking at ways to improve our monitoring program with more automatic flags to protect our patients,” said Peter Glagola, Riverside spokesman. “We apologize for any issues this incident may have caused.” […]