Archive for November, 2016

Anthem data breach

November 3rd, 2016

Anthem, Inc. based in Indiana recently reported data breach which affected 3,500 Medicare members. According to the reports, certain personal information was exposed after company policies were violated by the employees. Medicare sales department employee emailed company information to his personal email address.

“The individual is no longer employed with our company,” Anthem wrote. “When questioned, the individual advised that he was using the data to validate his commission payments. The information obtained by the individual is the property of the company, and he, like all employees, was prohibited from sending such information outside of the company.”

Affected information included names, dates of birth, addresses, health plan information and, in some cases, Medicare ID numbers. Facility believes that there is no indication of information misuse or identity theft.

Facility mentioned that affected individuals should routinely review accounts statements from time to time and get credit report from one or more of the national credit reporting companies.

Facility mentioned that, ‘We have worked diligently since the discovery of this matter to identify all individuals whose information may have been impacted by the actions of the former sales employee. We have identified Medicare-eligible individuals impacted and we are in the process of contacting these individuals for whom we have valid addresses by U.S. Postal Service addresses. For those whose Medicare ID numbers (which may include a Social Security number) may have been included, we will offer free identity theft protection and credit repair/monitoring services through AllClear Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring and AllClear Identity Repair.’

Earlier Anthem suffered data breach which was considered one of the largest healthcare data breaches. Hackers broke into one of its databases which potentially compromised 78.8 million individuals. This incident breached names, dates of birth, medical IDs or Social Security numbers, street addresses, and email addresses of millions.

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Integrity Transitional Hospital data breach

November 2nd, 2016

Integrity Transitional Hospital based in Texas recently suffered a hacking attack. As per the Office for Civil Rights data breach reporting tool, this incident may have affected 29,514 patients.

The statement on the website began with following, ‘Integrity Transitional Hospital (“Integrity”) is deeply committed to protecting the security and confidentiality of the information in its care. Regrettably, this notice concerns an incident involving some of that information.’

Facility mentioned that it stores certain patient information on laboratory specimens from companies that work with various healthcare providers. Then specimens are submitted to laboratories for testing. The data is kept for billing purposes.

Affected information included some of the lab results, lab testing information, health insurance information, and scanned driver’s licenses associated with laboratory services. Social Security numbers and other financial information were not included in the breach.

“Integrity is committed to the security of the sensitive information it maintains and is taking this matter very seriously,” the hospital said. “To help prevent a similar incident from reoccurring, we are enhancing existing security on our systems related to the laboratory information we maintain.”

Facility belives that there is no such evidence which concludes that breached information is misused. It has began mailing letters to affected individuals. Dedicated call centre is established by the Integrity to answer queries regarding the incident.

Integrity Hospital adheres to the following values(as mentioned on its website):

Compassion: Provide the best care, treating patients and family members with sensitivity and empathy.

Integrity: Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of the trust our patients place in us.

Respect: Treat everyone in our diverse community, including patients, their families and colleagues, with dignity.

Excellence: Deliver the best outcomes and highest quality services through the dedicated effort of every team member.

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