A missing storage device and data breach

January 14th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

IU Health Arnett suffered data breach due to missing storage device. The incident potentially affected nearly 30,000 individuals. The device was unencrypted which went missing from its emergency department.

The hospital has yet to find the device. Facility mentioned that they are continuing their search for the device. They also said that there is currently no reason to believe that the information stored on it has been misused.

According to the reports, the device contained spreadsheets with limited health information belonging to emergency department patients. NPRs Chris Morisse Viza reports that those spreadsheets accounted for approximately 30,000 IU patients.

Affected information included patient names, dates of birth, ages, home telephone numbers, medical record numbers, dates of services, diagnoses, and treating physicians. These spreadsheets did not contain any Social Security numbers, financial information, or medical records.

IU Health Arnett maintains that patient privacy is one of its largest concerns. It also mentioned that they will be reassessing security procedures to ensure that incidents such as this do not occur in the future.

IU Health Arnett takes very seriously its obligation to maintain patient information secure, and we appreciate the trust our patients place in us,the hospital explained in a press release. We are taking steps to enhance the protection of portable storage devices and are reviewing policies and procedures to minimize the chance of such an incident occurring in the future.

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