La Palma Intercommunity Hospital notifies data breach involving unknown number of patients

April 8th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital delayed for about one and half year to notify affected patients. It has alerted unknown number of patients about the data breach. Details regarding the incident are limited. It came to notice that Intercommunity employee allegedly, without permission accessed information, which included Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, addresses, birth dates and limited medical information.

La Palma Chief Financial Officer Alan H. Smith, sent out a letter regarding firing of the employee involved in accessing the information. The note mentioned, “We sincerely apologize for any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause you,” Smith wrote. “The security and confidentiality of our patients’ personal information is extremely important to us. Our hospital has taken measures to protect against future attacks of this nature.”

Spokeswoman Rachel Hogue didn’t provide proper explanation as why there was a delay in notifying affected patients of the data breach. It was not clear how many patients were affected and whether the data was secure.

Federal privacy law forbids unauthorized viewing of patient medical records. Some hospitals have paid large settlements after their employees allegedly viewed the medical records of celebrities.

The letter from the hospital says that they are offering credit monitoring for one year.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

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