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“Unsecured” E-mails Cause Health Data Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 30, 2013

A Texas-based hospice center is informing more than 800 patients of a data breach after an employee allegedly sent out at least two “unsecured” e-mails containing sensitive patient information, Health IT Security reports. The e-mails in question included recent referrals and admission activity reports, and compromised data included patient names, referral sources, admission and discharge dates and insurance providers. Hope Hospice discovered the breach during a routine security check and has said employees have since gone through additional training.
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