Miami Hospital Suffers Data Breach | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Miami Hospital Suffers Data Breach

September 11, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

Officials at the University of Miami Hospital, a 525-bed general medical and surgical facility, say the data for an unnamed amount of patients has been breached. The hospital says this happened when two employees accessed patient information from registration “face sheets,” and reportedly sold that information to a third-party.

According to the hospital, the information on the face sheets includes name, address, date of birth and insurance policy numbers, as well as the reason and service area for the visit. Additionally, the hospital says, while “the social security number field was masked to display only the last four digits, some health insurance plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid, continue to use social security numbers as insurance policy numbers.”

The hospital, which did not say how many possible patients were affected, said the incidents happened between Oct. 2010 and July 2012 and only impact people who visited the main hospital site, no any offsite facility. The employees, the hospital says, have been terminated and the investigation, conducted by local authorities, is ongoing.

University of Miami Hospital says it is offering two free years of credit monitoring services. More information on the breach can be found here: http://www.umhdataincident.med.miami.edu

A similar data breach also recently occurred in the Sunshine State. According to a news report from WFTV in Osceola County, Fla., an employee at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, a 112-bed acute care facility, has been arrested by local authorities, after he allegedly accessed more than 760,000 patient records from 2009-11, and sold them.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Population Health Tool that Provides City-Level Social Determinants Data Expands to 500 Cities

A data visualization tool that helps city officials understand the health status of their population, called the City Health Dashboard, has now expanded to 500 of the largest cities in the U.S., enabling local leaders to identify and take action around the most pressing health needs in their cities and communities.

Trump will Nominate Acting VA Secretary Wilkie for Permanent Position

Just a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cerner inked their $10 billion EHR (electronic health record) deal, President Trump said he would be nominating Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for the permanent position.

ONC Names API Server Showdown Stage 2 Winner

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named 1UpHealth as the Stage 2 winner of the “Secure API Server Showdown” challenge.

EHNAC Developing Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program

To align with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a nonprofit standards development organization and accrediting body, is working with other organizations to establish a new Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program.

Lawmakers Demand New VA CIO, Citing “Malign Neglect” on EHR Project

A group of Democratic federal lawmakers, five senators and six members of Congress, are calling out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for what they call “malign neglect” in the agency’s efforts to achieve electronic health record (EHR) modernization.

Medical Record Access Proves Costly for Some Patients, GAO Report Finds

Federal law requires healthcare providers to give patients access to their medical records, but according to a new GAO report, some patients believe they’re being charged too much to access their records.