HHS OIG audit of SC Medicaid system revealed significant problems

Seanna Adcox of AP reports

A four-decade-old computer system and poor safety measures at South Carolina’s Medicaid agency exposed the personal health information of roughly 1 million residents to risk of cybertheft, according to a federal report released Friday.

The findings by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General include that the Medicaid agency did not — at the time of its evaluation in 2013 — have a security plan for its computer system, had no encryption for laptops and had not properly trained employees. The report purposefully did not give specifics.

Read more on The Augusta Chronicle. Luckily, it seems, there was no breach or hack, and the state is in the process of replacing its system, but how many other systems are in similar vulnerable conditions?

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