An employee for Beacon Health System was inappropriately accessing patient records over a period potentially extending over several years, according to the health system. In a release posted on its site, Beacon said it became aware of the problem on Jan. 23, and then launched an “investigation to determine the full nature and scope of the employees’ activity to assess the volume of records that might have been involved.” Consumer advocate:Make sure online medical information is secure. The investigation determined that the individual had inappropriately accessed records that didn’t pertain to their job duties throughout the course of the individual’s employment from Nov. 19, 2018, to Feb. 24. It then began a comprehensive review of potentially accessed records to provide proper notification to individuals, according to the release. Though there is no indication of identity theft or fraud resulting from the incident, the health system said it wanted its patients to know about the incident so they could take steps to protect their information, should they feel the need to do so.