Los Angeles County Department of Health/Sutherland Healthcare Solutions
On February 5, 2014 Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, which provides patient billing and collection services for Los Angeles County was broken into and computers were stolen. Information that was stored on these computers included first and last names, Social Security numbers, billing information, dates of birth, addresses, diagnoses and other medical information.
Currently the breach is being investigated by authorities and the agency is offering credit monitoring services through ID Experts free for 12 months. To enroll in the free services by calling 1-877-868-92841-877-868-9284 or going to www.myidcare.com/securityandprotection.
UPDATE (3/7/2014): The Los Angeles County Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) announced recently that they will be notifying 168,000 patients of a data breach at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions. When originally reported the number of patients was not divulged.
UPDATE (5.27.2014): The Los Angeles County Department of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to tighten and add current requirements for county computers and hard drives. Currently, all laptops are required to be encrypted and the vote on Tuesday now extends that requirement to all county departments’ computer workstation hard drives as well. They also voted to have "all County-contracted agencies that exchange personally identifiable information and protected health information data with the County" be encrypted as a requirement for any contract.
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