600 patient records breached at Trios Health - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

600 patient records breached at Trios Health

Posted: Updated:
Right now, officials believe this is an isolated case and do not believe it has to do with identity theft. Right now, officials believe this is an isolated case and do not believe it has to do with identity theft.

KENNEWICK, WA- Trios Health has terminated an employee after finding out they accessed multiple patient records without permission.

So far, an internal investigation shows electronic health records of about 600 patients have been accessed by that employee. This took place between October 2013 and March of this year. Elizabeth Rice, the director of Health Information Management, says each time this violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as "HIPAA". 

In a news release Trios Health says this former employee could be fined per violation. They are working with the State Attorney General and Office of Civil Rights, which is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health that enforces privacy and security rules.

"Patients whose medical records were accessed without authorization are being notified by mail during the week of May 29, and will have the option to enroll in free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services for one year at Trios Health's expense," according to the release.

Right now, officials believe this is an isolated case and do not believe it has to do with identity theft. 

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • Southwest cancels flights for inspections

    Southwest cancels flights for inspections

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:02:56 GMT

    NBC NEWS-  If you're flying southwest Monday, you might want to check your flight status. The airline canceled 40 flights Sunday so crews could conduct "accelerated" fan-blade inspections. A passenger was killed last week when an engine failed and broke apart shattering a window on a flight from New York to Dallas.  Southwest Airlines released a statement saying the cancellations "only make up one percent of southwest's nearly 4,000 flights." Flightaw...

    More >>

    NBC NEWS-  If you're flying southwest Monday, you might want to check your flight status. The airline canceled 40 flights Sunday so crews could conduct "accelerated" fan-blade inspections. A passenger was killed last week when an engine failed and broke apart shattering a window on a flight from New York to Dallas.  Southwest Airlines released a statement saying the cancellations "only make up one percent of southwest's nearly 4,000 flights." Flightaw...

    More >>
  • Crews search for missing swimmer at Palouse Falls State Park

    Crews search for missing swimmer at Palouse Falls State Park

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:51 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:51:30 GMT

    FRANKLIN COUNTY- A man is still missing after swimming in the Palouse Falls Saturday.  Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies said the call came in around 5:30 p.m. about a possible drowning. Three men in their early 20s had been swimming in the pool of water below the falls. The strong current swept the three men underwater, and only two resurfaced. Park Rangers, Franklin County She Riff's Office, Pasco Fire, Life Flight, and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue all responded.  Richlan...

    More >>

    FRANKLIN COUNTY- A man is still missing after swimming in the Palouse Falls Saturday.  Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies said the call came in around 5:30 p.m. about a possible drowning. Three men in their early 20s had been swimming in the pool of water below the falls. The strong current swept the three men underwater, and only two resurfaced. Park Rangers, Franklin County She Riff's Office, Pasco Fire, Life Flight, and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue all responded.  Richlan...

    More >>
  • Reporting Sexual Assault in Hermiston

    Reporting Sexual Assault in Hermiston

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:14 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:14:47 GMT
    It's a sad reality, but many sexual assault cases go UN-reported across our nation each year. Officers and nurses in Hermiston have a message for all victims of sexual assault- they are there to help. Randy Studebaker is the supervisor for all sexual assault cases in Hermiston. Studebaker says sometimes reports come in "days, weeks and even years later." Reporting cases too late is something Lieutenant Studebaker is hoping to change. "I would like to DE-mysti...More >>
    It's a sad reality, but many sexual assault cases go UN-reported across our nation each year. Officers and nurses in Hermiston have a message for all victims of sexual assault- they are there to help. Randy Studebaker is the supervisor for all sexual assault cases in Hermiston. Studebaker says sometimes reports come in "days, weeks and even years later." Reporting cases too late is something Lieutenant Studebaker is hoping to change. "I would like to DE-mysti...More >>