Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare (PBH), Alamance-Caswell LME (AC LME)

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 25, 2012
Concord , NC
United States
North Carolina US
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
50 000
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
Year of Breach: 
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A miscommunication caused AC LME to lose access to servers containing sensitive health information.  An Alamance County employee mistakenly changed a lock on the facility that housed data servers for AC LME.  It appears that AC LME forgot to inform the county that AC LME was extending a contract for server maintenance.  Former consumers of AC LME, including those who became PBH consumers on October 1, 2011, may have had their personal health information stored on these servers. The servers are now in the possession of the county and could contain the names, Social Security numbers, medical record identification numbers, addresses, and diagnoses of AC LME consumers. LME officials have not had access to the server room without being monitored by a county employee or with the forensics team assigned to examine the servers.