University of Mississippi Medical Center

Data breach reported at Mississippi Medical Center

March 12th, 2013

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) were at a data loss when it recently encountered a data breach from a password-protected laptop of an unknown number of patients who checked in the hospital between 2008 and 2013. The relevant data had patients’ names, dates of birth, addresses, social security numbers, medications, treatments, diagnoses and other personal health information devoid of encryption software.

The health data breach came to UMMC’s knowledge on January 22 and it posted on their website that their laptops were used as a shared device by UMMC clinicians to work in a non-public area for patient-care. They still had no clue about it and therefore, administration of the organisation had an argument regarding data being viewed, accessed, used or disclosed with an intention for data breach in the absence of encryption software.

There has been no formal notifications from the former or current patients’ side about the unauthorized use of protected health and personal data information due to data breach. The University of Mississippi Medical Center invited all those affected patients who visited their medical center between the period of 2008 and January 2013 for the redressal of their grievances, or who wanted to pose any general question relating to data security and data encryption software. The UMMC suggested several ways to contact themselves, for instance, through UMMC Office of Integrity and Compliance representatives for any kind of assistance.

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