Vermont, Dallas medical facilities suffer email account breaches

In separate incidents, two U.S. health care facilities have publicly disclosed data breaches that resulted from the unauthorized access of an employee’s email.

Yesterday, the University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) acknowledged that an unauthorized individual remotely accessed an employee’s email account on Oct. 9. This account contained the personal information of roughly 32,000 patients, in some cases including Social Security numbers, names, dates of birth and addresses.

The breach also exposed limited medical information primarily associated with billing, such as medical record numbers, dates of service and a brief summary of services provided.  The account also contained the Social Security numbers of some individuals.

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