4 More U.S. Healthcare Providers Discover Email Account Breaches

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Alameda Health System (AHS), an Alameda, CA-based provider of emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and wellness services in the East Bay area, has discovered an unauthorized individual temporarily gained access to the email account of an employee.

AHS learned that the account was accessed for a brief period on April 8, 2020. The breach was discovered by AHS on June 17, 2020.

Assisted by a leading forensic security firm, AHS determined that the following types of information were potentially compromised: names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, appointment dates, limited medical information, health insurance information, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

AHS and the forensic investigators found no evidence to suggest any information was stolen or misused for the purpose of committing identity theft or fraud, but as a precaution, individuals whose Social Security number was potentially compromised have been offered complimentary membership to credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

The breach report submitted to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights shows...

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