United Methodist Homes suffers HIPAA email breach

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On August 31, 2018, United Methodist Homes  submitted a HIPAA Email Breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Based in Binghamton, NY, United Methodist Homes’s email breach affected  843 individuals’ protected health information.

United Methodist Homes is classified as a Healthcare Provider
According to this report about United Methodist Homes’s breach:

United Methodist Homes discovered that an employee emailed a spreadsheet to his personal email address with information relating to current and former residents of Elizabeth Church and Hilltop campuses. That information was limited to the resident’s name and internal medical identification number, and the name, address, phone number, and relationship to their contact person. United Methodist Homes spoke to the employee and observed him permanently delete the email from his personal email account.  The employee is no longer employed by United Methodist Homes.  United Methodist Homes has no evidence of any actual or attempted misuse of information as a result of this incident.

On August 31, 2018, United Methodist Homes mailed notice letters to individuals whose information was contained within the email and for whom they had a postal address.  United Methodist Homes has offered potentially impacted individuals access to credit monitoring and identity theft protection services for one year without charge.

HHS Wall of Shame

The HHS Wall of Shame is a website under the jurisdiction of HHS that lists all HIPAA breaches reported within the last 24 months. The Wall of Shame displays breaches that are currently under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights.

As part of section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, the HHS Secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.

HIPAA Breach Report

The Paubox HIPAA Breach Report analyzes breaches that affected 500 or more individuals as reported in the HHS Wall of Shame.

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