Akron Children’s Hospital suffers data breach

August 24th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

Akron Children’s Hospital sent PHI data breach notification letters to over 7,600 patients and families. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical transports. According to the reports, backup drive went missing which contained voice recordings of conversations between dispatchers and hospital workers during the medical transport of Akron Children’s Hospital patients.

Affected information includes patient names, ages, gender, dates of birth, medical record numbers, location, medical transport times, physician, and chief medical complaints. Only patients who received a medical transport between the nine-month period listed above were affected by this breach. No Social Security numbers or financial information was disclosed in the breach.

Akron Children’s Hospital maintains that there is no reason to believe that the information has been used maliciously.

“We truly regret this situation and value the trust you and our other patient families place in us to care for your children,” the hospital states. “Akron Children’s Hospital is committed to maintaining our patients’ health information in a secure and confidential manner.”

As per the reports, the device was stored in a locked location on the Akron Hospital campus. Akron Children’s Hospital mentioned that it will be encrypting all of their mobile devices and will no longer use mobile devices to store transport voice recordings.

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