Senior Health Partners, which provides services including healthcare to seniors and other vulnerable persons living at home, is offering a year of credit/identity protection services to about 2,700 of its members following a data breach.

The organization serves much of the greater New York City region. In late November 2014, a laptop and smartphone were stolen from the apartment of a nurse employed by Premier Home Health, a business associate. The laptop was encrypted but the encryption key was in the bag; the smartphone was unprotected. Premier notified Senior Health Partners on December 10.

While an investigation by Senior Health and Premier found no indication that protected health information was accessed, a contracted forensic investigation identified an email that was potentially accessible.

PHI on the email included names, addresses, Social Security and Medicaid numbers, dates of birth, phone numbers, medical services rendered, diagnoses, and insurance claim numbers, according to Senior Health Partners.

AllClear ID is the security firm contracted for protective services. Notifications began on January 30 and family members and caregivers of affected members also are being notified to the extent possible.

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