• Tacoma hospital suffers security breach, $100K stolen

    By: Henry Rosoff

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    TACOMA, Wash. - Franciscan Health Systems is still trying to figure out how a former IT contractor kept his active security pass for months after he was done working for the company.

    Justin Pace is now charged with stealing $100,000 in computers, scanners and other equipment from three Franciscan facilities, including St. Joseph’s Hospital.

    “We're going to find the discrepancies in our system and make sure it doesn't happen again,” said Scott Thompson of Franciscan Health Systems. “We're right now taking some internal review of all those policies and procedures, to make sure we’ve figured out why this happened and make sure it doesn't happen again.”

    Thompson said no patient information was compromised despite the theft of 35 computers and 34 scanners.

    Tacoma police said Pace gained access to St. Joseph's Hospital 6 times, an administrative office 24 times, and an education and support facility eight times.

    Pace would not come to the door of his listed address to answer questions about the charges. A man identifying himself as the suspect’s grandfather said Pace was feeling sorry, but did not want to comment.

    Court documents indicate Pace attempted to sell the hardware to help pay for an expensive pill addiction.

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