PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — UPMC is alerting some of its patients of a privacy violation.

Nearly 1,300 people treated at various UPMC locations over the past year may have had their records viewed inappropriately by a UPMC McKeesport employee who was not involved in their care.

Officials say patient names, birth dates, contact information and treatment and diagnosis information were accessed.

The employee has since been fired.

In a statement, UPMC says: “The employee did not store this information or use it for financial gain. We apologize for any concern of inconvenience… patient care was never affected.”

It’s not clear why the employee checked so many confidential records.

Patients were notified by mail.

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