Health Information Management

Data breach in Utah compromises thousands of Medicaid claims

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 9, 2012

The Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) reported March 30 a patient information breach affecting 24,000 Medicare claims.

DTS does not yet know the extent of personal information accessed, but it could include Social Security numbers, birth dates, tax identification numbers, and addresses. DTS believes hackers operating out of Eastern Europe gained accessed to its server, even though it recently moved the records to a server with a multi-layered security system.

DTS has shut down the affected server and is reviewing other servers to implement new security measures. The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) will notify any individual clients whose information has been accessed and will assist with credit monitoring services. The UDOH has advised all Medicaid clients to monitor their credit and bank accounts.

Source: Utah Department of Health

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