St. Elizabeth's Medical Center


Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 9, 2012
geo: 
Boston , MA
United States
Records Breached: 

6,831

Breach Total Number: 
6 831
Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center became aware of sensitive paperwork that was found exposed miles away from the medical center's Brighton campus.  St. Elizabeth's immediately sent someone to recover the documents.  It is unclear how the documents ended up in the area and a vendor may have been the source of the breach.  The types of information exposed were not revealed.

UPDATE (4/09/12): The total number of patients who were notified is 6,831.  The documents contained billing information such as patient names, hospital account numbers, credit card numbers and security codes.  The breach was discovered when someone saw the credit card payment receipts of at least five patients flying through a field.  There is no evidence that more than five patients were affected, however, it is unclear how those receipts escaped destruction.