Northwestern Medical Center officials say a hospital worker inappropriately accessed patient medical records

Northwestern Medical Center officials say a hospital worker inappropriately accessed patient medical records. Following an internal investigation, leaders at the St. Albans hospital say an employee accessed the protected personal information of patients without authorization. It included names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and medical histories. The hospital says it did not include financial information. The breaches happened multiple times between May 21, 2021, and June 10, 2022, and the hospital has sent letters to patients whose information was likely accessed. The employee, who the hospital says was not in a clinical role, was fired. Northwestern Medical Center says it’s now taking steps to identify system and technology updates to improve patient confidentiality.