MAN­HAS­SET, N.Y.

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS -

North Shore-Long Is­land Jewish Health Sys­tem has sent let­ters to about 100 pa­tients from its North Shore Univer­sity Hospi­tal iden­ti­fied by law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties as vic­tims of iden­tity theft, the sys­tem an­nounced. De­tails dis­closed were limited “be­cause we do not want to com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment posted last week on the sys­tem’s web­site. The state­ment noted, how­ever, that nearly 1,000 peo­ple through­out the North­east have been vic­tim­ized by what it de­scribed as an “iden­tity-theft ring that ex­tends ‘far be­yond North Shore Univer­sity Hospi­tal.’” The sys­tem is work­ing with New York State Po­lice and the Nas­sau County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and is “tak­ing ag­gres­sive steps to fur­ther safe­guard the se­cu­rity pro­to­cols cur­rently in place to pro­tect pa­tient in­for­ma­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. North Shore- LIJ spokesman Terry Ly­nam said the sys­tem first be­came aware of the breach about a year ago and be­gan no­ti­fy­ing pa­tients last July af­ter the ar­rest of an iden­tity-theft sus­pect pos­sess­ing “face sheets,” or pa­tient sum­maries cre­ated at ad­mis­sion for billing and care pur­poses. They list why the pa­tient was seek­ing treat­ment as well as names, ad­dresses, dates of birth, So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers and, if avail­able, in­sur­ance in­for­ma­tion.

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