In the second biggest HIPAA breach ever reported, one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems is notifying more than four million patients that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised after the theft of four unencrypted company computers. Advocate Health System announced that the theft occurred at one of its Advocate Medical Group administrative buildings in Park Ridge, Illinois on July 15th. Patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and clinical information- including physician, medical diagnoses, medical record numbers, and health insurance data – were all contained on the computers, official say. This breach stands as the second biggest HIPAA breach ever reported according to HHS data – just behind the TRICARE Management Activity breach which impacted more than 4.9 million patients back in 2011.
Taken from: Lorna Waggoner/EC First
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