Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New York City hospital system admits to massive data breach ($350 Million Potential Cost)

The New York City Health and Hospital Corp. (HHC) said that personal information of nearly 1.7 million hospital patients, staff, vendors, and contractors was stolen from a GRM Management Information Services van.
The data breach affected patients, staff, vendors and contractors at the Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, and their two affiliated health centers. The personal information was collected over the past 20 years and included names, addresses, social security numbers, patients’ medical histories, and the occupational/employee

The 14-hospital system said it was providing free credit monitoring and fraud resolution services for one year to the nearly 1.7 million people affected. According to the Ponemon Institute, data breaches cost $204 per compromised record. That figure would place the cost of this data breach in the range of $350 million.

1 comment:

medical billing specialist said...

The cost is jaw dropping. I shudder even more on what penalties or sanctions are to follow.