Archive for October, 2015

Illinois theft compromises sensitive information

October 6th, 2015

Illinois and North Carolina Barrington Orthopedic Specialists recently suffered data breach which reportedly affected 1,009 individuals. The PHI was compromised following the theft of a laptop and EMG machine.

Affected information includes patient names, dates of birth and EMG results and reports. The statement did not specify how many individuals were affected, but the Office for Civil Rights breach reporting tool states that 1,009 individuals had their information involved in the incident.

The Illinois facility mentioned in a statement that the health data breach was discovered on August 18, 2015. The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between August 14 and August 18.

Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, Ltd. has reported the theft to the police and they are investigating,the statement read. We have also acquired additional equipment so that transportation of units is no longer necessary. Data sets will no longer be maintained on the laptops associated with the EMG machines. They will be maintained only on our internal server system.

Barrington mentioned that it does not believe that affected patients are at risk of financial identity issues as stolen items didnt contain the same. 

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BCBS facility suffers data privacy breach

October 3rd, 2015


The affected information for first incident included names, addresses, internal BCBSNC account numbers, group numbers, coverage dates and premium amounts due. The internal BCBSNC account numbers printed were not the BCBSNC member identification numbers.

BCBSNC explained in a statement that a printing error caused some members’ billing invoice information to be printed on the backs of other members’ invoices. BCBSNC mentioned that its printing vendor has reviewed standard operating procedures and implemented a new quality control process.

Second data breach occurred when some BCBSNC members received payment letters that included incorrect information. A spreadsheet error reportedly led to the wrong information being printed. A new quality review process has been put into place.

Affected information for second breach that was sent to the wrong members included health plans purchased, effective dates, health insurance marketplace identification numbers, payment amounts, telephone numbers and payment identification numbers.

BCBSNC regrets these situations and any inconvenience they have caused,the statement read. Letters to affected individuals regarding the incidents were mailed on September 10, 2015.

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