Monday, April 23, 2012

Spreadsheet to Personal Email Account - Breach Notfication

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is notifying 228,435 Medicaid beneficiaries following a major breach of protected health information.

The department discovered on April 10 that an employee, since terminated, transferred 17 spreadsheets dating back to Jan. 31, 2012, to a personal email account. Police are investigating but the department does not yet know the reason for the transfers.

The compromised data included names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and Medicaid ID numbers, and Social Security numbers in 22,604 cases where a Medicare number was linked to beneficiaries’ names.

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