Another healthcare data breach?
A data breach at the University of Connecticut Health may have compromised the personal information of about 326,000 people last year, the health center announced Friday.
The health center immediately secured the compromised accounts, notified law enforcement and hired a forensic security firm to investigate and search for any personal information in the impacted email accounts.
On Dec. 24, the internal investigation determined that some personal information was compromised, including names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers and limited medical information, such as billing and appointment information.
“It is important to note that, at this point, UConn Health does not know for certain if any personal information was ever viewed or acquired by the unauthorized party, and is not aware of any instances of fraud or identity theft as a result of this incident,” the center said. “The incident had no impact on UConn Health’s computer networks or electronic medical record systems.”
The center added in its statement, “UConn Health takes its responsibility to safeguard personal information seriously and apologizes for any inconvenience or concern this incident might cause.”
UConn Health is mailing notification letters to its potentially impacted patients and offering free identity theft protection services to the individuals whose Social Security numbers may be impacted. The center recommends people monitor credit reports, account statements and benefit statements, and promptly report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Individuals seeking additional information may visit UConn Health’s website, health.uconn.edu/securityincident, or call our toll-free inquiry line at 1-877-734-5353 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Lurye, R. (2019, February 22). Data breach at UConn Health potentially compromised personal information. Hartford Courant.