Data Breach may have Occurred, Notifies Partners Healthcare System

Published By : 30 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Partners Healthcare System has already begun informing its patients that there had been a breach in data last November, which may have given a certain level of unauthorized access to mails that contained personal details.

According to Partners Healthcare System, some of its employees had received phishing emails and these workers, in response to the emails, provided information to what they believed were legitimate sources. 

Responding to these phishing emails, the company stated, rendered an opportunity to gain unauthorized access to the email accounts of those workers. 

A review was conducted by Partners Healthcare System and it determined that some of those emails had patient information and demographics such as names, dates of birth, addresses, and telephone numbers. In some cases, the emails also contained the Social Security numbers and clinical information of patients such as diagnosis, medical record numbers, treatment received, health insurance information, or medical diagnosis codes. 

The company has stated that so far it has found no evidence that confirms or even suspects that any patient information from those emails have been misused. However, the company on April 30, began sending letters to the affected patients and have also set up a call center to answer any questions or queries that patients might have.

The patients in question have also been asked to frequently review statements that they may be receiving from their health insurance companies. Officials have encouraged patients to notice any services that were not received but were listed and contact their health insurers. 
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