Jersey City Medical Center employee accidentally emailed patient information to an unintended recipient. The email potentially exposed approximately 1,400 individuals. The affected information includes patient names, health insurance payors, dates of admission and discharge, a one-word description of the medical service department from which the patient received services, and patient Medical Center account number.
The email was intended for internal use which included attached spreadsheet with some patient information. The email did not include any patient social security numbers
, dates of birth, any credit card or banking information, health insurance identification numbers, or patient addresses.
According to the statement:
The unintended recipient informed the Medical Center of the mistake on the same day that the email was sent,” the medical center explained. “The Medical Center attempted to obtain official confirmation that the email was completely deleted and the information was not further disclosed. Unfortunately, such confirmation has not yet been received.
The Medical Center is currently reviewing its e-mailing policies and technological processes, and is retraining staff to minimize the chance of other such incidents. The Jersey City Medical Center sincerely regrets this unfortunate incident because we consider the security of patient information to be of the utmost importance. Patients with questions relating to this incident should contact representatives.
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