University of Tennessee Medical Center officials are alerting about 8,000 patients that hospital reports containing their private information were not properly disposed of and could pose a privacy breach risk.
“Based upon departmental policy, the report was maintained for 45 days. The oldest report was discarded each day as a current report was added. Rather than being shredded per Hospital policy, the report was discarded in the Hospital’s waste stream,” Thomas stated in the letter. “There was no sensitive, personal or identifying information in view on the outside of the report; however, within the report was certain patient-related information, including the patient’s name and social security number.”
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Social Security numbers, pharmacy records and other personal health data from about 130,000 people covered by health insurance giant Wellpoint Inc. were left open for possible breach on the Internet, the health insurance giant confirmed Tuesday.
Wellpoint said it is not aware of any identity theft related to the problem.
Operating locally under the Unicare name, Wellpoint said customer information in several states, including Illinois, was exposed in the last year because two computer servers maintained by a vendor “were not properly secured for a period of time.” The insurer declined to name the vendor.
A laptop stolen during a recent blood drive contained sensitive information on 268,000 Minnesota-region blood donors, Memorial Blood Centers say.
The laptop was in a briefcase that was stolen just before 7 a.m. Nov. 28 as workers were setting up a blood drive, said Laura Kaplan, manager of marketing and communications with the blood center. “They were setting up for a blood drive and this was in a briefcase,” she said. “The police have told us they believe it was a random crime.”
Health-care services company, McKesson, is alerting thousands of its patients that their personal information is at risk after two of its computers were stolen from an office.
The company, which helps pharmaceutical manufacturers set up assistance programs for patients in need, sent out a letter alerting patients that the computers were stolen on July 18. The names of the people being alerted were on one of the two PCs, but it’s not known how much of their accompanying identifying information was also contained on the machines.
“Your personal information may have been on one of the two computers that were stolen from a McKesson office,” wrote Patrick Blake, president of McKesson Specialty Pharmaceutical, in the letter to one patient. “At this point, we have not determined if your personal information was on either stolen computer. However, we are taking the precaution of notifying every patient whose information might have been on the computers, just to be safe.”
The state is warning parents of 140,000 babies that some of their personal and medical information has been exposed because of a security lapse.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources mailed letters Wednesday to the parents of infants born in the state between April 1, 2006, and March 16, 2007, saying records containing their Social Security numbers and information about their medical histories were improperly discarded.
A spokesperson explained that for about a year someone was not shredding the supplemental forms parents are asked to fill out which are used for public health analysis. In the mailed letters, parents are urged to closely monitor their own credit.
A disk containing the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 2.9 million Medicaid and children’s health care recipients is missing, Georgia health officials said Tuesday.
The state said the security breach was reported by Affiliated Computer Services, a private vendor. ACS did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
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