Southwest Ambulance reports data breach

Ken Alltucker reports:

A former Southwest Ambulance employee took 581 patient records that included the names, financial and medical information from those customers.

Southwest Ambulance recovered the records and notified affected customers about the breach of their private medical records.

The Mesa-based company said it recently learned the employee took the records after a property manager found them in a residence vacated by the employee.

The employee took the records from Southwest Ambulance over a period of years and used the records for training purposes, Southwest Ambulance said.


Company officials said there is no evidence that customers’ information – including names, financial and medical-treatment information – was shared with any other parties or otherwise used inappropriately.

Read more in the Arizona Republic.

Updated May 4: Southwest General (Southwest Ambulance) notified HHS that 566 patients were affected.

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