Out with the old, in with the new? Saltzer Health, Broward Health report data breaches impacting protected health information

Saltzer Health, Idaho

As 2021 wound down, Saltzer Health in Idaho reported a breach it had discovered on June 1. According to their notification, an employee’s email account had been compromised. Investigation showed the access began on May 25.

On December 29, Saltzer issued a notice that disclosed the incident and reported that the types of information in the affected email account varied across individuals, but could include

“names, contact information, driver’s license/state identification numbers, medical record number/patient identification numbers, medical information (such as medical history, diagnosis, treatment information, physician information and/or prescription medication information) as well as health insurance information. For some individuals, Social Security numbers or financial account information may have been affected.”

Saltzer does not seem to be offering those impacted any complimentary monitoring or mitigation services.

You can read their notice on their website.

Broward Health, Florida

As 2022 began, Broward Health in Florida issued a breach notification for an incident that occurred on October 15 when a medical provider’s access to Broward was used without authorization to access Broward’s system.

According to their notice, the personal medical information accessed included

name, date of birth, address, phone number, financial or bank account information, Social Security number, insurance information and account number, medical information including history, condition, treatment and diagnosis, medical record number, driver’s license number, and email address.

Of note, the information was exfiltrated and not just accessed.

In response to the incident, Broward Health has taken a number of steps to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents, which include:

the ongoing investigation, a password reset with enhanced security measures across the enterprise, and the implementation of multifactor authentication for all users of its systems. Broward Health has also begun implementation of additional minimum-security requirements for devices not managed by Broward Health Information Technology (IT) with access to its network, which will become effective in January 2022.

Broward is also providing those affected with a complimentary two-year membership in a program providing identity detection and ID theft resolution services.

Update: The Broward incident was reported to the Maine Attorney General’s Office as impacting 1,357,879 individuals, total.

Correction: A typo on Saltzer’s name was corrected post-publication.

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