Email Account Breaches Reported by Meharry Medical College and MEDNAX Services

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, has discovered an email account breach may have resulted in unauthorized individuals viewing or acquiring the protected health information of up to 20,983 patients.

The email account breach was detected and blocked around July 28, 2020. Third-party technical experts were engaged to investigate the breach and confirmed that the incident was limited to a single email account. On September 1, 2020, Meharry Medical College was informed that the nature of the breach meant it was possible that the contents of the email account may have been copied, most likely inadvertently during the standard email synchronization process.

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