Georgia Divisions of Aging Services suffers data breach

July 27th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

According to a statement by the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), the Georgia Divisions of Aging Services data breach affected approximately 3,000 clients. The breach, which affected individuals in the Community Care Services Program (CCS) has minimum impact and has been completely resolved.

The reason of the breach was an accidental email sent to one of the program’s contracted providers. According to the reports, email contained information regarding patient diagnoses. Sensitive data like contact information, Social Security numbers, or Medicaid numbers were not included in the email. All individuals affected have been notified in accordance with federal mandates.

Despite the small impact, the Department of Aging Services is still taking measures to improve its security systems. The Department has added new safeguards to their data systems, and also implemented new training practices for members of the department.

Officials from the Department expressed regret for the incident. They also emphasized that patient safety and security are of the utmost concern.

“While we are confident that this data breach was limited in nature and resolved almost immediately, we are obligated to ensure that our clients and the public can trust the integrity of our programs,” said Georgia’s Human Services Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden. “We take client privacy very seriously, and it is important that the public is fully aware of this situation and aware of our efforts to prevent such an event in the future.”

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