Gastroenterology Consultants


Location

Omaha, NE
United States
41° 15' 14.4216" N, 95° 59' 57.3288" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 6, 2010
geo: 
Omaha, NE
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

A local news station responded to a report about patient files being left in a recycling dumpster outside of the clinic. Hundreds of documents with patient names, Social Security numbers, addresses and detailed medical information were found and secured by KMTV Action 3 News. The files appear to be from 2002 and 2003.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Johns Hopkins University


Location

Baltimore, MD
United States
39° 17' 25.386" N, 76° 36' 43.8804" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 22, 2010
geo: 
Baltimore, MD
United States
Records Breached: 

692

Approximately 85 staff members received an email from the Applied Physics Laboratory on June 15. The email had an attachment with personal benefits information of APL staff dependents. The information included names, Social Security numbers, parent names, dates of birth, marital and disability status and medical and dental coverage. The emails were deleted by the IT department and staff members were asked to reply that they had not made copies or disclosed the information.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Holy Cross Hospital, Office of Dr. Elliot Stein


Location

Fort Lauderdale, FL
United States
26° 7' 20.3088" N, 80° 8' 36.1644" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
November 10, 2010
geo: 
Fort Lauderdale, FL
United States
Extra Info: 

Dr. Elliot Stein is located in Aventura, Florida.

Records Breached: 

44,000 (1,500 confirmed victims)

A criminal investigation uncovered 38 patient files. The files contained names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and descriptions of initial diagnosis from Emergency Room visits. An investigation that began in June showed that an employee was responsible; that employee was fired. The employee may have inappropriately accessed 1,500 patient files between April 2009 and September of 2010. The Hospital now limits the amount of key personal data included in the type of documents involved in the incident.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

University of Tennessee Medical Center


Location

Knoxville, TN
United States
35° 57' 38.2968" N, 83° 55' 14.6604" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
November 27, 2010
geo: 
Knoxville, TN
United States
Records Breached: 

8,000

An administrative report that should have been shredded was accidentally thrown in the trash. Reports are usually left in a storage location for 45 days and then discarded properly. The Hospital became aware of the breach on October 4. Anyone looking through the report would find names, Social Security numbers and other patient information.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)


Location

New York, NY
United States
40° 42' 51.6708" N, 74° 0' 21.5028" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 25, 2007
geo: 
New York, NY
United States
Records Breached: 

52

A tablet computer was stolen from a registered nurse. Patient Social Security numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers were on the tablet. VNSNY warned patients that people might use the information and tablet to pose as VNSNY employees.

Source: 
Dataloss DB

Geisinger Health System


Location

Wilkes-Barre, PA
United States
41° 14' 45.294" N, 75° 52' 52.7088" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
December 28, 2010
geo: 
Wilkes-Barre, PA
United States
Records Breached: 

2,928 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A former physician emailed patient medical information to his home email account in an unencrypted manner. The information included patient names, medical record numbers, procedures and indications. The physician deleted the information from his computer, home network and servers.  The incident occurred on or around November 3.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Universal Medical Center


Location

Tucson, AZ
United States
32° 13' 18.2748" N, 110° 55' 35.3244" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 12, 2011
geo: 
Tucson, AZ
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Three staff members and one contract employee were fired for viewing sensitive patient information without cause. The electronic medical records of patients who were injured during a terrorist shooting spree may have intrigued the workers. There were no reports of confidential patient information being released to the public.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


Location

Iowa City, IA
United States
41° 39' 40.0608" N, 91° 31' 48.6048" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 28, 2011
geo: 
Iowa City, IA
United States
Records Breached: 

13

University officials launched an investigation to determine if electronic medical records of 13 Iowa Hawkeyes football players receiving care at the facility were accessed inappropriately.  Speculation about the health of the football players and the causes of their illness had been in the media.

UPDATE (2/3/2011): It appears that three workers will be fired and two will be suspended because they inappropriately accessed football player information.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Health Net Inc., International Business Machines (IBM)


Locations

Rancho Cordova, CA
United States
38° 35' 20.6592" N, 121° 18' 9.8208" W
Rancho Cordova, CA
United States
38° 35' 20.6592" N, 121° 18' 9.8208" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 15, 2011
geo: 
Rancho Cordova, CA
United States
Extra Info: 

Customers with questions may call (855) 434-8081.

Health Net's statement about the breach can be read here.

Records Breached: 

1.9 million

Nine disc drives that contained sensitive health information went missing from Health Net's data center in Rancho Cordova, California.  The drives contained the personal information of 1.9 million current and former policyholders, compromising their names, addresses, health information, Social Security numbers and financial information. The 1.9 million victims include 622,000 California residents enrolled in Health Net HMOs, 223,000 Californians enrolled in Health Net PPOs and people enrolled in Medicare and other plans.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Office of Brian J. Daniels, D.D.S. and Paul R. Daniels D.D.S.


Location

Phoenix, AZ
United States
33° 26' 54.1572" N, 112° 4' 26.5332" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 29, 2011
geo: 
Phoenix, AZ
United States
Extra Info: 

Those with questions may call 602-265-8751.

Records Breached: 

10,000 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The March 2, 2011 theft of a portable electronic device resulted in the exposure of electronically stored patient protected health information.

Source: 
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
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