Former hospital  employee charged with theft of tech

A former FirstLight Health System employee has been charged with felony theft after allegedly taking and pawning hospital electronics.

Jared James Danielson, 39 of Elk River, was FirstLight’s information technology manager; first hired in October 2018.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Kanabec County Attorney’s Office, hospital staff noticed electronics had gone missing and suspected Danielson and another temporary employee may have been responsible.

An investigation showed Danielson allegedly took and sold 19 items including iPads, laptops and desktop computers to an electronics store called Device Pitstop. In total, Danielson allegedly either sold or directed the other employee to sell $16,712 of FirstLight electronics; the amount received for the devices was $2,550.  Danielson was charged March 6 with two felony counts of theft, each with a max sentence of a $14,000 fine and/or five years in prison. His next court appearance is July 18 at the Kanabec County Courthouse.

Patient Data Security

The criminal complaint indicated that most of the technology was ordered new and never used by FirstLight before it was pawned.

FirstLight CEO Randy Ulseth said no patient data was compromised and released the following statement regarding protecting electronic patient data:

“FirstLight follows healthcare industry best practices including device encryption, password protection, staff training, regular security audits and several network safeguards.”

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