Friday, June 29, 2012

Breach at MD Anderson Includes Social Security Numbers

MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is notifying about 30,000 patients of a breach of protected health information that includes some Social Security numbers.


The hospital, through its official statement and a spokesperson, declines to specify how many SSNs were involved, but it appears to be a substantial number. “There was data for approximately 30,000 patients on the stolen laptop,” according to the spokesperson. “Most of the data was not financial in nature. About one-third of the records did include financial information such as Social Security numbers.”

http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/breach-notification-hipaa-privacy-security-44691-1.html?ET=healthdatamanagement:e2672:202994a:&st=email&utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=email&utm_campr,aign=HDM_Daily_062912

NOTE: Folks need to remember, if it happens here, it can happen at your organization... Implement controls.

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