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July 30, 2014

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FBI to probe UMC leak of patient information

Authorities say hospital, FBI working together on ‘possible breach’

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Tiffany Brown

University Medical Center, which is Clark County’s only publicly funded hospital.

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the leak of confidential patient information at University Medical Center, the agency announced today.

In a press release, the FBI said it's investigating allegations that an employee or employees of the public hospital have improperly released private patient information.

The investigation stems from a Las Vegas Sun report that patient "face sheets" — cover sheets containing a traffic accident victim's Social Security number, address, birth date and more — are being sent systematically to outsiders so personal injury attorneys can solicit clients.

“Our main concern right now is to conduct a thorough and professional investigation for the purpose of determining what actually happened," the FBI statement said. "The FBI is closely working with UMC officials to determine the scope of any possible breach."

Members of the public have information regarding the possible leak of information at UMC are asked to contact the FBI's Las Vegas field office at 702-385-1281.

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