03 Jan US Healthcare Nonprofit Admits to Breach Involving Data of 29,000 Patients
American healthcare system SSM Health recently informed the public about a breach of their systems which they had discovered around two months ago. The Wisconsin non-profit said that the personal medical information of 29,000 of their patients may have been involved.
SSM added that their investigation revealed that an ex-employee at a call center had accessed without authorization protected health information on patients who had a controlled substance prescription and a primary care physician in St. Louis. The event is classified as a privacy breach under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 2017.
Affected patients are being offered free identity theft protection services by SSM Health.
Source: Security Boulevard