StayWell Health Management

Data breach in Children’s Mercy Hospital

August 10th, 2014

Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, Mo. suffered data breach due to inaccuracy in online scheduling application. Mercy has informed around 4,076 employees’ about the breach. Application was used by the Mercy two years ago to enroll employees and spouses onto its wellness program through StayWell Health Management.

Affected data includes employee names, home and email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. No Social Security numbers or financial data were included. It’s unknown at this time how the data was breached.

“We do not believe that affected individuals are at risk for identity theft, and we do not believe individuals need to take action due to the non-sensitive nature of the information,” Melissa Gilkerson, a StayWell spokeswoman said.

StayWell has provided them with the number to a telephone helpline. So far, the helpline has received about 23 calls. The data was stored by a vendor used by StayWell. When company became aware of the breach, it immediately removed data from the affected system, StayWell said.

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