University Hospitals possible security breach - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

University Hospitals possible security breach

University Hospitals has been upgrading its UH physicians' office computer equipment.

UH contracted with a third-party information technology (IT) vendor to assist with this effort and, as part of this process, UH physician office computer data was backed up on various hard drives.

On August 8, 2013, UH was notified that a hard drive containing backed-up UH physician office computer data was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to the vendor's employee.

University Hospitals (UH) said today that certain personal and medical information of 7,170 individuals may have been exposed. UH has mailed letters to notify each individual who may have been affected.

Upon notification of the theft, UH initiated a full and detailed investigation, taking measures to correct the situation and prevent similar occurrences in the future. It is important to note that, to date, UH has not received any reports that the personal and medical information has been accessed or misused. It is possible that the thief may be unaware of the nature of the information on the device or may be unable to access it.

The potentially exposed data may include one or a combination of the following: names, home addresses, dates of birth, medical record numbers, insurance provider information and health information about specific patient treatment. In addition, a very limited number of Social Security numbers were potentially exposed.

UH understands the critical importance of personal information privacy and doctor/patient confidentiality, and sincerely apologizes that this security breach occurred.

UH has taken the following steps to correct the situation and prevent similar occurrences in the future:

· Engagement with local law enforcement and industry experts to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the theft.

· Notification to all individuals whose information was part of the breach and established a dedicated information line to provide personal consultation. As a precautionary measure, UH will provide one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to the 33 individuals whose Social Security numbers may have been exposed. Affected individuals have been advised to review their credit and personal data carefully and obtain a credit report and/or place a fraud alert on their files.

· Enhancements to strengthen the organization's electronic device security policies and procedures to ensure that no laptop computers, portable hard drives and other electronic devices are used unless encryption protection is initiated.

A direct USPS letter communication from UH has been sent to all individuals who may have been affected. For further questions regarding this incident, please call UH's toll-free hotline at 877-220-1388 Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET. Callers will need to use reference number: 8264102113.

right 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • First Alert Forecast: Dry and comfortable today

    First Alert Forecast: Dry and comfortable today

    Tuesday chances for a few storms will remain but the oppressive heat simmers with highs back into the 80s.

    More >>

    Tuesday chances for a few storms will remain but the oppressive heat simmers with highs back into the 80s.

    More >>
  • Locals have strong reaction to President Trump's Executive Order

    Locals have strong reaction to President Trump's Executive Order

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:44:54 GMT
    (Locals at Chautauqua in Rossford Wednesday night sounded off on how they felt about President Trump signing an executive order preventing most migrants from separation from their families.)(Locals at Chautauqua in Rossford Wednesday night sounded off on how they felt about President Trump signing an executive order preventing most migrants from separation from their families.)
    (Locals at Chautauqua in Rossford Wednesday night sounded off on how they felt about President Trump signing an executive order preventing most migrants from separation from their families.)(Locals at Chautauqua in Rossford Wednesday night sounded off on how they felt about President Trump signing an executive order preventing most migrants from separation from their families.)

    Locals at Chautauqua in Rossford Wednesday night sounded off on how they feel about President Trump signing an executive order preventing most migrants from separation from their families.

    More >>

    Locals at Chautauqua in Rossford Wednesday night sounded off on how they feel about President Trump signing an executive order preventing most migrants from separation from their families.

    More >>
  • Toledo man uses past of violence and drugs to hope and inspire

    Toledo man uses past of violence and drugs to hope and inspire

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:05:35 GMT

    Willie's story is far from over. Every day he is challenged to help the community in a new way. He wants Toledo to be the best it can be. 

    More >>

    Willie's story is far from over. Every day he is challenged to help the community in a new way. He wants Toledo to be the best it can be. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly