Health Information Management

Wisconsin health insurance breach affects 41,000

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 17, 2014

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Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation in Wisconsin recently notified 41,437 members that their PHI may have been compromised when a computer hard drive was stolen from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, according to the health insurer’s website.

The School of Pharmacy obtained member information to complete a benefits program evaluation.
Information on the hard drive included member numbers, dates of birth, cities of residence, names of medications, and dates of service. Unity Health Plans and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy are reviewing the breach and are implementing a new education program for employees, according to the announcement.
Unity Health Plans notified affected members by mail. It also notified HHS, according to the announcement.
This article originally appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.


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