The Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, Tennessee is facing its second data breach when a file cabinet containing files of HIV patients was accidentally sent to a Metro school instead of surplus warehouse. The files were decade old and Health department is monitoring its process of how files are handled during a move to avoid such incident.
The first breach involved missing 1,700 index cards with names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and medical coding after the department moved to its new building. The information affected patients in the Children Special Services (CSS) program.
“We are letting them know we started an investigation immediately and we do not believe, according to our investigation, that any of their information was accessed,” health department spokesman Brian Todd told an ABC affiliate at the time. “We believe those index cards probably ended up in a landfill.”
The health department is taking extra efforts to train staff for process and information related to HIPAA laws, patient identification and security.
Todd added that when the department realized those files were missing, it did a “thorough review of all files that were moved from the old building to the new building.” No other files were found to be missing, so if an individual came for any other service, were not impacted, Todd said.
Health department announced it was offering all the impacted people one year of free identity protection through AllClear ID.
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