PHI Incidents Recently Reported by Healthcare Providers and Business Associates

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

A roundup of privacy and security incidents recently reported by HIPAA-covered entities and business associates that involved the exposure of disclosure of protected health information.

Server Breach Impacts Patients of Northwest Eye Surgeons and Sight Partners
Northwest Eye Surgeons LLC and Sight Partners LLC have started notifying 20,838 patients that some of their protected health information was stored on a server that was accessed by an unauthorized third party.

The breach was detected on May 1, 2020 and an investigation was immediately launched to determine the extent and scope of the breach. A third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged to assist with the investigation, and the review of the affected server was completed on July 31, 2020. A different IT firm was then engaged on August 7, 2020 to identify all protected health information stored on the server to determine which patients were affected.

The review revealed...

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