New York health system suffered data breach when Texas-based firm that had contracted to process and collect payments had five laptops stolen. Global Care Delivery (GCD), Inc. mentioned that laptops were unencrypted. According to the statement by New York Health System, GCD had been contracted with North Shore-LIJ Health System, but did not notify the health system of the incident until months after the breach.
The affected information for approximately 18,000 North Shore includes first and last names, dates of birth, internal account numbers, diagnosis and procedure codes, and insurance identification
numbers. Around 2000 patient’s social security were also included in the breach. However, financial information and credit card were not affected.
As per the reports, laptops have not been recovered, but both facilities said they are not aware of any misuse of the data. The affected individuals are asked to remain alert by obtaining a credit report from one of the major credit to minimize the risks of such incidents in the future, including the encryption of all laptops, reporting agencies and monitoring any accounts for unauthorized activity.
“We are taking all appropriate steps servers and electronic devices maintaining North Shore-LIJ patient information.” stated the notification letter sent to patients.
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