2.7K HIPAA Breach Experienced by Senior Health Partners

Senior Health Partners, the New York-based insurer, has declared it has endured a HIPAA break that conceivably influences up to 2,700 individuals. It is comprehended that the rupture includes medicinal services information and the notice cautions that PHI has possibly been bargained.

The break was caused when two cell phones were stolen from the condo of a medical caretaker utilized by Premier Home Health; a Business Associate of Senior Health Partners. Some medicinal services information was open by means of a decoded Smartphone despite that the greater part was scrambled on the tablet. On Nov 26, 2014, the two gadgets were stolen from the medical caretaker’s home

As a Business Associate of Senior Health Partners, Premier Home Health was required to consent to a Business Associate Arrangement and find a way to secure any PHI it hangs on patients. Shields had been actualized including information encryption on cell phones, which under typical conditions renders the information disjointed in case of robbery. The HIPAA rupture happened in light of the fact that the security key expected to decode the information was composed in the portable PC case, which was likewise stolen in the break-in. This rendered the information security pointless. In the announcement discharged by SHP, the organization says it “is reviewing and updating its policies and procedures, and those of its business associates, to prevent a similar incident from recurring.”

As indicated by the announcement, the information conceivably got to by the criminals incorporate names, address, dates of birth, Medicaid ID numbers, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, and medicinal administrations rendered and analyze got. One individual had advance information uncovered and has been advised independently. A criminological investigation was led following the break, in spite of the fact that its outcomes were restricted without access to the portable workstation. It couldn’t be resolved whether access to the information was endeavored or picked up, however, there were no signs this had happened.

The information was just available by means of an email connection, which contained data on around 2,700 individuals and breach warning letters have now been dispatched to all concerned