Sutter Health suffers data breach

September 15th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

According to reports, a former employee reportedly emailed patient information without proper authorization. Around 2,582 patients are potentially affected, and that with the exception of two patients, no Social Security numbers, financial information or drivers license data were included.

A thorough review of the former employees email activity and computer access led to the discovery of the incident. Affected information includes name, date of birth, insurance identification number, date of service and billing code included in the emailed information. One patients California drivers license number was included, while another patients Social Security number and California drivers license number were included.

The employee worked for Sutter Physician Services (SPS), which handles billing for Sutter Healths physician medical foundations, the statement explained.

Our patients trust us to provide their care and protect their privacy,Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., said in a statement. We believe protecting patientshealth information is the responsibility of every employee. We require employees to sign confidentiality agreements. In addition, we train them to follow privacy and information security policies and regulations. We deeply regret this incident occurred.

Sutter Health mentioned that there is no evidence that any of the information was used inappropriately. patients who receive a notification letter mailed September 11 will be offered free credit monitoring services for one year.

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