Sutherland Healthcare has to add names of 3,497 patients in the list of data breach. In April, Sutherland has already added 170,200 patients to the list of affected. Now new addition has increased the count to 342,000.
All the patients received Drug Medi-Cal services through the Department of Public Health. Though no Social Security numbers were included in the breach, patient names, addresses and billing information may have been compromised.
The incident dates back when eight computers were stolen from Sutherland’s Torrance, Calif. office. In the initial reports 168,000 patients were included in the affected list for whom patients’ first and last names, Social Security numbers and certain medical and billing information were potentially compromised.
The notification sent by Sutherland to patients assures them that the company takes “patient privacy very seriously,” but doesn’t notified whether it cared enough to encrypt the data.
The California Attorney General’s office likes encryption and noted in a report last year that more than half the 2.5 million victims of data breaches it surveyed in the state in 2012 would have benefited from its presence. Sutherland’s notice offered those affected free credit monitoring services through ID Experts. The final number on the Sutherland breach is as yet unknown, as they did not disclose how many other covered entities may have been affected by this breach.
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