Former Mayo Clinic employee improperly accessed 1,600-plus patient health records



a tall building: The Mayo Clinic's Gonda Building in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2014.


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The Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Building in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2014.

Mayo Clinic is notifying more than 1,600 patients that a former employee inappropriately accessed their health records, but apparently did not retain any information gleaned from them.

The Rochester-based health system said in a statement Monday afternoon that an unnamed health care worker looked at electronic “data elements” including patient names, demographic information, dates of birth, medical record numbers, clinical notes and, in some cases, medical images.

“Access was limited in duration, and Mayo has no evidence that any data was printed or retained by the former employee,” Mayo’s statement said. Social security numbers, payment card information and bank account numbers weren’t accessed.

Mayo is not identifying the former employee, but a spokeswoman confirmed the person is a licensed health care worker whose applicable licensing boards have been notified.

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