Broward Health Notifies Over 1.3 Million Individuals About October 2021 Data Breach

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The year has started with a major breach report from Broward Health in Florida, which has recently started notifying more than 1.3 million patients and employees about a data breach that occurred on October 15, 2021. A hacker gained access to the Broward Health network through the office a third-party medical provider that had been granted access to the Broward Health network for providing healthcare services.

Broward Health discovered and blocked the intrusion on October 19, 2021, and a password reset was performed for all employees to prevent further unauthorized access. Assisted by a third-party cybersecurity company, Broward Health conducted a comprehensive investigation to determine the nature and scope of the breach.

The investigation confirmed the attacker had access to parts of the network where employee and patient information were stored, including...

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