Home health vendor San Jose Medical Supply Company in California has notified patients whose protected health information apparently was given by former associates of the firm to two rival vendors.

The former owner passed away in August 2011 and employees and unspecified “agents” ran the company for a year under the supervision of trustees before being it was acquired in August 2012, according to a notification letter sent to patients. “The new owner uncovered certain suspicious activity taken by the former employees, officers and/or agents of the prior owner, which may have compromised the security of your health information. In June of 2013, San Jose Medical confirmed that there was in fact a breach in the security of your health information. This breach occurred between August 2011 and December 2011, and resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of your personal information.”

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