Monday, July 28, 2014

Health Services Insider Stole 2,000 Patient Identities

A New York physical therapy practice has notified 2,000 patients that their identities were stolen by an insider at their organization.

It appears that an employee or someone with authorized access to the database took protected health information (PHI) including including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and potentially other private information. It is unclear whether any health/medical information was also improperly acquired.

"... protected health information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and potentially other private information, was taken...."
- Physical therapy practice breach announcement
Reportedly, the data theft occurred on February 21. It is unclear when the breach was actually discovered or why it took until June to notify patients. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) NY: Sloane Stecker Physical Therapy notifies 2,000 patients of breach - www.PHIprivacy.net, 07/22/2014

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