GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) - Greenwood police was the agency that alerted Community Health that they had an employee who was stealing patients' identities.
"A former patient had stated that they had reason to believe that someone had taken their identity," said Jean Putnam, Vice President at Community Health Network."
Between mid-March and mid-April, an employee of the new Community Health Med-check in Speedway, got into the computerized medical records of up to 180 people, and may have taken their Social Security numbers, dates of birth, even credit card numbers.
Community Health sent letters to affected patients alerting them to the crime.
One patient, who agreed to speak with 24-Hour News 8 about his letter, but asked not to be identified, said he's a bit paranoid.
"The timing seemed a little bit off to me. It was over a month before I received notification from the time that they discovered it."
Jean Putnam believes the case may only touch ten patients, but Community decided to error on the side of caution. The person who breached patients' records no longer works for Community, but Putnam would not say if she had actually been fired.
The Marion County Prosecutor's office says formal charges haven't been filed.
Until then, Community's patients have to wait.
"You go with the assumption that your information and your health is safe and that means both your physical health as well as your financial and mental health."
Community Health Network employs 12,000 people around the state.
Putnam says this is the first time this has ever happened to the hospital system and new restrictions will be going into place to better protect patients' records.
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