Monday, October 3, 2011

TRICARE breach puts 4.9M military clinic, hospital patients at risk

FAllS CHURCH, VA – TRICARE, which provides civilian health benefits for military personnel, military retirees and their dependents, announced on Wednesday that Science Applications International has reported a data breach involving personally identifiable and protected health information (PII/PHI) impacting an estimated 4.9 million military clinic and hospital patients.

The breach was reported by SAIC on Sept. 14 and involved backup tapes from an electronic healthcare record used in the military health system (MHS) to capture patient data from 1992 through Sept. 7, 2011, from patients who received care in the San Antonio area military treatment facilities (including the filling of pharmacy prescriptions) and others whose laboratory workups were processed in these same facilities even though the patients were receiving treatment elsewhere.

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