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.”

The breached information included name, date of birth, Social Security number, home address, Medi-Cal number, physician name and contact information, prescriptions, past invoices, diagnoses, disability codes, and type and quantity of ordered medical supplies.

In the notification letter, Jesille Kuizon, president of San Jose Medical Supply, advises patients to register a fraud alert with the major credit bureaus and order free credit reports, and to monitor their financial and health account statements and credit bureau reports. Kuizon did not respond to a Health Data Management request for information on the number of affected patients and why patients were not offered paid credit and/or identity theft protection services.

The notification letter is available here.

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