Officials for the health system say that an investigation revealed that between Jan. 3 and Jan. 10, employees of some community physician groups and an employee of a contracted vendor accessed electronic records that included patient names, addresses, health insurance providers and other sensitive medical information. The information wasn't disseminated or inappropriately used, officials say, however the employees responsible have been fired. VCU officials say the health system has implemented new safeguards to protect patient information.
As coronavirus cases spike again amid the delta variant, a Massachusetts health care system on Monday said it will require all of its employees to roll up their sleeves for vaccines by the start of October. Baystate Health, citing the more highly contagious variant and the risk of another pandemic wave, said it will be mandating the COVID vaccine for all workers. Also on Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get vaccines. California Gov. Gavin Newsom also announced that the state will require state employees and health care workers to provide proof of vaccination, or get tested regularly. The vaccine mandates come as dozens of national health care groups called for all health care and long-term care employers to require their employees get vaccinated.