Michigan Health Department notifies data breach

April 5th, 2014


The Michigan Department of community Health (MDCH) announced details about the data breach that happened due to stolen laptop and flash drive. It was observed that laptop was encrypted but flash drive was unencrypted. Incident happened in a State Long Term Care Ombudsman’s Office employee.

After the breach MDCH sent the notification to the 2595 affected patients. Flash drive contained information of the living and deceased individuals like names and addresses, social security numbers for 1539 patients.

“MDCH takes any potential breach of security with the utmost seriousness and sincerely regrets that this breach occurred,” said Nick Lyon, Chief Deputy Director of the MDCH. “We are working swiftly to notify any individuals who may have been impacted and with staff to tighten our security procedures going forward.”

Statement on the MDCH website mentioned –

All individuals with data on the flash drive are being notified so that they can monitor their accounts and other financial affairs for any unauthorized use. MDCH is working with the LTC Ombudsman’s Office to offer credit monitoring services at no cost to people whose Social Security number or Medicaid number were compromised.  In addition, a credit file death suppression service is being offered to the families of deceased individuals to assist them in securing their deceased loved one’s credit file.

If you are an affected person, and wish to take action to protect yourself from potential identity thieves, you may place a fraud alert on your credit file.  A fraud alert tells creditors to contact you before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts.

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