Elliot Hospital’s four computer workstation gets stolen

May 27th, 2014

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Elliot hospital suffered data breach when employee’s car was broken and computers were stolen. Elliot hospital notified 1200 patients of breach that occurred due to this incident. According to the reports there was no medical or financial data on the workstations and there was only one Social Security Number. The Elliot Hospital employee was apparently transporting the workstations from different Elliot locations.

Patients name were present on workstations. Also 20 emails on computer has data such as date of service, date of birth, address, telephone number and billing codes. Elliot conveyed that they have improved its security processes.

“It’s very important to keep in mind or to understand that this is not a situation involving the breach of electronic medical records,” John Friberg, senior vice president of Elliot Hospital said, according to reports. “In fact, none of the information involved any medical records. For instance, nothing on these four PCs related to any medical history of any patients.”

It is believed that no information has been misused till date. According to new practice, PCs will no longer auto-archive data in the individual hard drive and the data instead will be centrally archived.

Elliot also decided to encrypt it’s PCs.

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