Info for 1,400 patients at risk after improper employee access

The University of Connecticut Health Center is notifying patients about a privacy breach that could affect around 1,400 patient records, the health center announced Friday. A former employee, while still working at UC Health Center, went beyond the scope of their responsibilities and inappropriately accessed the records. The health center discovered the breach Jan. 7 but has found no evidence the information has been used for any purpose. The records included names, addresses, birthdates and in some cases, Social Security numbers and other health information.

"We sincerely regret the inconvenience and concern this may cause our patients," Iris Mauriello, UC Health Center's privacy officer, said in the announcement. "The actions of one person do not define the integrity of our entire workforce and all of our collective efforts to ensure the privacy of health records." Announcement