Three provider organizations recently have reported serious breaches where protected information was purposely accessed by unauthorized personnel, but only one is offering protection to patients:
* University of Washington Medicine is notifying approximately 90,000 patients of UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center that malware in an email attachment that an employee opened accessed their data files. The FBI is investigating and may be contacting patients, according to the university. Based on results of an internal investigation, it is believed that patient information was not sought or targeted, the university says in a statement. Compromised information included name, medical record number, demographic information such as address and phone number, dates of service, date of birth, charge amount, and Social Security number and Medicare number. The data that was accessed was a sub-set or extraction of information used for billing purposes, a spokesperson tells Health Data Management. The malware did not compromise or access information in any patient medical records and there is no indication that any of the data has been misused, she adds Approximately 15,000 records contained Social Security numbers and these patients will receive a year of credit monitoring services from ID Experts. We dont believe that the remaining patients need to do anything further at this time, according to the spokesperson.
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