Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Officer Resigns Over Patient Data Privacy Breach

The chief technology officer (CTO) for the state of Utah resigned following a breach that violated the medical privacy of 780,000 Medicaid recipients and participants in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The Governor asked the CTO to resign and stepped down. He also announced a replacement, former information technology director for the Department of Workforce Services.
"The people of Utah rightly believe that their government will protect them, their families and their personal data. As a state government, we failed to honor that commitment. - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert
In addition the Governor created a new post of health data security ombudsman. This ombudsman will oversee individual case management, credit counseling and public outreach.
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Sources:
(a) Governor Details Comprehensive State Response to Data Breach - Utah Governor's Website, May 15, 2012
(b) Utah technology director resigns in wake of data theft at state health department - Washington Post, May 15, 2012

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