Data Breach Affects 950K Patients

January 22nd, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

Centene Corporation recently experienced a potential healthcare data breach when its hard drives went missing. The incident may have affected approximately 950,000 individuals. Breached information includes names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, member ID numbers and health information. However, financial or payment information were not on the hard drives.

Centene is conducting search for six missing hard drives after it found out that the hard drives were unaccounted for in its inventory of IT assets. It did not mention the hard drives encryption status. The data of the individuals who have received laboratory services from 2009-2015 may be present on the drives.

“Centene takes the privacy and security of our members’ information seriously,” Centene Chairman, President and CEO Michael F. Neidorff said in a statement. “While we don’t believe this information has been used inappropriately, out of abundance of caution and in transparency, we are disclosing an ongoing search for the hard drives. The drives were a part of a data project using laboratory results to improve the health outcomes of our members.”

According to the statement, potentially affected individuals will be receiving data breach notification letters and will also be offered free credit and healthcare monitoring. Also, corporation is in the process of reinforcing and reviewing its procedures related to managing its IT assets.

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