Life's a Breach

It's summer in Boston and it's not just the weather that's hot.

It's summer in Boston and it's not just the weather that's hot. Earlier this week there was a major loss of private data affiliated with South Shore Hospital. According to iHealth Beat: Monday, officials at South Shore Hospital in Massachusetts announced that the personal information of about 800,000 individuals could be missing after an off-site contractor responsible for destroying the computer files did not receive all of them... ...Hospital officials said that the files were shipped to be destroyed on Feb. 26 because the hospital no longer used the format in which the files were stored. When the hospital did not receive confirmation that the contractor had received the files, it questioned the contractor in June and found that only some of the files had been received and destroyed. WCVB reports that "The information on the backup computer files may include individuals’ full names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, medical record numbers, patient numbers, health plan information, dates of service, protected health information including diagnoses and treatments relating to certain hospital and home health care visits, and other personal information. Bank account information and credit card numbers for a very small subset of individuals also may have been on the backup computer files." South Shore Hospital has notified regulators, including the Attorney General's office. It'll be interesting to see how this all unfolds, particularly with the newer laws in place.