The breached data included personal health information such as names, diagnoses and treatments. A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, says the agency is doing all it can to figure out what happened and to find ways to fix the problem.
"It was at least the fifth time in six months that sensitive personal records have made their way out of the state’s 10 public psychiatric facilities, according to documents obtained by the American-Statesman."Breaches of personal health data make patients reluctant to share their information with healthcare organizations. While policies and preventive measures are an important part of protecting patient data detective controls are critical. One such detective control is proactive privacy data breach detection using low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Download a white paper on patient privacy breach detection. Learn how to proactively identify unauthorized breaches of patient data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.Sources:
(a) TX: State mental hospitals faulted for patient privacy breaches - www.PHIprivacy.net, 01/27/2014