Stolen laptop and data breach

September 14th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

A U.S. HealthWorks employee’s laptop was stolen which resulted in data breach. It contained patient information which affected 1,400 US HealthWorks patients. As per the reports, the device was encrypted but the laptop’s password was also stolen. Hence thief can access the information on the device.

Facility mentioned that emails on the computer had information for a limited number of individuals.It do not include Financial or account information. But full names and possibly some limited medical information, including diagnoses and visit dates, and limited health insurance information may have been affected.

U.S. Healthcare also specialise in urgent healthcare. It mentioned that there convenient Urgent Care centers offers quality medical care, excellent customer service, and a knowledgeable staff to the  patients.

Facility has established a dedicated call center to answer patients queries related to data breach.

“To help prevent something like this from happening again, we are enhancing our existing procedures related to the security of laptops and user passwords, as well as providing additional information security training for all U.S. HealthWorks employees,” the statement  mentioned.

According to the OCR reports, 1,400 individuals may have had their information compromised.

“We sincerely regret any inconvenience or concern about this incident. We began mailing letters to affected individuals on September 2, 2016, and have established a dedicated call center to answer any questions they may have. If you believe you may be affected and have not received a letter by September 17, 2016.”

As mentioned on the website:

U.S. HealthWorks, a subsidiary of Dignity Health, was founded in 1995 and is the leading national provider of occupational medicine and urgent care services. With more than 200 locations in 21 states, and more than 4,000 employees, including approximately 800 medical providers, U.S. HealthWorks serves more than 13,000 patients each day. U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group offers programs and services that can help prevent illnesses, maintain good health and provide early intervention and rehabilitation whenever injuries or health problems occur.

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