West Virginia University Medicine University Healthcare (WVUM) has confirmed that it is sending notification letters to over 7,400 of its patients seen at Berkeley Medical Center as a result of an unauthorized access to their information. It further confirmed that 113 of its patients have become the victims of identity theft as a result of the theft of patient records by an employee of Berkeley Medical Center (Berkeley).
The Berkeley employee removed patient information from the premises of WVUM through writing information on a pad. The FBI identified the link through investigating another matter. The employee was authorized to access the patient records, but then used the information for criminal purposes. She was fired and is being prosecuted.
Berkeley is providing credit monitoring services to the affected patients.