Missing employee notebook leads to data breach

September 5th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) data breach reporting database listed 1,426 individuals affected. CCNW didnt mention the count.

CCNW mentioned that affected patients will receive a data breach notification letter via first class mail. CCNW statement did not mention about identity or credit protection services but recommended that affected patients contact credit bureaus and place Fraud Alerts on their credit report.

CCNW stated that it would take extra measures to properly train employees to handle PHI.

Cancer Care Northwest takes very seriously our role of safeguarding your personal information. We have therefore required all of our employees to receive additional training on the proper handling of protected health information.  We are also reminding our employees that all protected health information is to be kept only in our electronic medical record and have asked that they not use personal notes or notebooks to record patient information.

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