Patients Notified of Breaches Involving Health Data
DATA LOSS—U.S.April 5, 2012
A state department of health and a hospital have both announced breaches this week. The Utah Department of Health says hackers accessed information on 24,000 individuals last week. The information includes Medicare data such as client names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, physician names and procedure codes, FOX 13 News reports. Meanwhile, Howard University Hospital in Washington, has notified patients that their health information was potentially disclosed in late January when a former hospital contractor downloaded patient files to a personal laptop. A recent report on protected health information by IT security firm Redspin found that 19 million patient health records were breached last year, up 97 percent from 2010.