Health Information Management

Third-party vendor hacking compromises hospital records

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 3, 2014

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A security breach at a third-party vendor in Ohio may have compromised the medical records of patients treated by a physician at Penn Highlands Brookville in Pennsylvania, according to a Penn Highlands Healthcare announcement.

Penn Highlands Brookville is one of four hospitals operated by Penn Highlands Healthcare. The hospital discovered August 14 that an unauthorized party gained access to the Ohio-based third-party server used to store PHI of patients of Barry J. Snyder, MD, who is employed by the hospital. The medical records stored on the server may have contained the following patient information:
  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Dates of birth
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Social Security numbers
  • Phone numbers
  • Insurance information
  • Medical information
  • Gender
Upon learning of the incident, the hospital hired security and computer forensics experts to conduct an investigation. PHI of Dr. Snyder’s patients was moved to a secure server and the data contained on the affected server was destroyed, according to the announcement.
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