CT: Backus Hospital sends 360 letters to patients regarding possible data breach

John Penney reports:

A Norwich man received a letter from The William W. Backus Hospital on Saturday informing him of a possible data breach involving several pieces of sensitive patient information, one of more than 300 patients the hospital sent similar notifications to this month.

Kenneth Keely Jr., of Williams St. provided the The Bulletin with a copy of the letter. He said it arrived via regular post and concerned patient records.

“On June 20, 2015, we learned that an employee took patient records home to complete work from home that may have been viewed by a non-employee from Aug. 11, 2014 to May 29, 2015,” according to the letter, signed by Glenn Stadnick, east region compliance manager for Hartford Healthcare, which includes Backus Hospital. “We immediately began an investigation and determined that the patient records may have included your name, medical record number, date of treatment in the emergency department, diagnosis and treatment information.”

The letter, dated Aug. 20, further states patients’ Social Security numbers, financial information and medical record were not included in the records “and this incident will not affect your care.”

Read more on The Norwich Bulletin. Hartford Healthcare did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DataBreaches.net as to how the hospital first became aware of the situation on June 20.

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