Health Information Management

BCBS of TN hard drive theft now threatens 1 million customers

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 19, 2010

The theft of 57 hard drives from a BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee training facility last fall has put at risk the private information of nearly one million customers in least 32 states, the insurer said April 6 in an investigative update.

So far, no identity theft or credit fraud affecting BlueCross members has been documented as a result of this incident, BCBS of Tennessee said in a media release.

“As of April 2, 2010, a total of 998,422 current and former members have been identified as being at risk,” said BCBS of Tennessee spokesperson Mary Thompson, adding that the total figure includes 447,549 current and former members identified in the lowest-risk Tier 1 category.

“These newly-identified members in Tier 1 began receiving their notification letters the week of April 5. To date, a total of 550,873 notifications have been sent to members indicating that their personal information was included on the stolen hard drives,” Thompson said.

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