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PHI of 43,000 At Risk; Report: Breaches Up, Those Affected Down

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 15, 2013

The personal data of approximately 43,000 patients of a Milwaukee hospital may be at risk after it was discovered a hacker may have gained access to an employee’s work computer account, FierceHealthIT reports. A computer forensics company hired to investigate the incident said it “could not definitively rule out the possibility that the virus was able to obtain information stored in the employee’s work computer account.” Data stored in the account included contact information, medical record numbers and diagnoses, the report states. Meanwhile, a recently released report has found that large-scale health data breaches increased from 2011 to 2012, but the number of patients affected decreased.
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