On October 7, 2020, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester revealed that the private health information of over 1,000 patients was accessed illegally. The type of records accessed by the former employee included sensitive and private images taken during clinic appointments. Mayo Clinic became aware of this privacy breach on August 5, 2020 and has reported the incident to the Rochester Police Department and the FBI for further investigation. It is not yet known whether the former employee printed or retained copies of these private health records or provided copies to other parties. Mayo Clinic has notified affected patients about the privacy breach, disclosing the dates on which their medical records were inappropriately accessed, and the types of information viewed by this employee.
Meshbesher & Spence represents patients affected by the privacy breach, and is investigating potential legal claims to obtain compensation for its clients. If you received a letter from Mayo Clinic informing you that your private health information was unlawfully accessed by their former employee, please contact Andrew Davick, Tony Nemo, or Katherine Hunt at 507-320-1282 for a free consultation regarding your legal rights and options.