Corporate Compliance

Data breach affects 4.9 million military patients

Compliance Monitor, November 23, 2011

The Department of Defense has offered one year of free credit monitoring to 4.9 million military hospital and clinic patients affected by a data breach reported in September, the agency announced in a November 4 press release. This breach tops the OCR list of breaches of unsecured PHI affecting 500 or more individuals.

TRICARE®, the healthcare program for uniformed U.S. service members, retirees, and their families, said there is no evidence that any third party accessed the data and that analysis indicates little chance that the data was compromised, according to the press release.

Affected data may include names, Social Security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal health data, such as clinical notes, laboratory tests, and prescriptions. The information does not include financial data, such as credit card or bank account information.

This article is adapted from a recent post on the HIPAA Update blog.

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