St. Marys Health in Evansville, Ind., recently notified about 4,400 individuals following a hacking attack on some employee email accounts.
The organization, which is not releasing much information and declined an interview request, may not have met the HIPAA standard of notifying affected individuals within 60 days of discovery. St. Marys learned last December 3 that some email accounts had been compromised, and learned of the extent of the breach on January 8, according to a statement. The date that patient notification started was not disclosed but a separate March 6 press release said the letters were recently sent. That could put the organization outside the 60-day HIPAA window.
Compromised information included patient name, birth date, gender, date of service, insurance information, limited health information and in some cases Social Security numbers. The organization will not disclose the number of compromised SSNs but is offering these affected individuals identity protection and monitoring services.
St. Marys is working with its email vendor to enhance security and providing additional education to employees on avoiding hacking attacks.
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