Data breach at Washington Hospital Healthcare

January 12th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

Washington Township Health Care District (the District) mentioned that unauthorized access of a computer associated with the Washington Community Health Resource Library may have resulted in data breach. According to a Washington Hospital statement signed by Washington Hospital Healthcare Systems Chief of Compliance Kristin Ferguson, MSN, MHA, BS, RN CHC, the device in question is used to maintain library identification cards.

Upon learning this, we immediately initiated a comprehensive internal review to determine what information may have been accessed,Ferguson explains. We also retained an outside computer forensic firm to assist in our investigation. That investigation is now complete.

Affected information includes individualsnames, addresses, and drivers license numbers. However, Social Security numbers and health information were not affected. As per the healthcare statement, there is no reason to believe that the information was used inappropriately. The affected computer was not connected to the Districts network.

Potentially affected individuals are provided with a complimentary, one-year membership to identify protection services.

To help prevent something like this from happening in the future, we are taking additional steps to strengthen and enhance the security of information on our network, including conducting a comprehensive review of our information security policies and procedures,the letter explained.

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