Improper Hard Drive Disposal Leads to Health Data Breach for 100K

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

HealthReach Community Health Centers in Waterville, Maine, began notifying over 100,000 patients of a health data breach that resulted from improper disposal of hard drives. The hard drives were improperly disposed of by an employee at a third-party data storage facility, according to a statement shared with the Maine attorney general’s office.

The incident occurred on April 7 and HealthReach discovered the breach on May 7. Further investigation determined that some personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) of patients was involved. The information at risk includes names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, medical insurance information, lab results, medical record numbers, and treatment records.

The health center stated in the notice that...

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