Nearly 5 mil­lion pa­tients im­pacted by stolen records

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Backup com­puter tapes re­ported stolen from a car in San An­to­nio may be the largest loss of per­sonal health in­for­ma­tion since HHS be­gan re­quir­ing re­ports of large breaches in 2009. The records of about 4.9 mil­lion Mil­i­tary Health Sys­tem pa­tients were in­volved, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by Tri­care Man­age­ment Ac­tiv­ity. The breach in­volved records span­ning from 1992 through Sept. 7 and was re­ported to Tri­care on Sept. 14 by its in­sur­ance car­rier, Sci­ence Ap­pli­ca­tions In­ter­na­tional Corp., bet­ter known as SAIC. The records, be­long­ing to pa­tients who re­ceived care or whose lab work was per­formed at San An­to­nio-area mil­i­tary treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, “may in­clude So­cial Se­cu­rity numbers, ad­dresses and phone numbers, and some per­sonal health data such as clin­i­cal notes, lab­o­ra­tory tests and pre­scrip­tions,” Tri­care said. SAIC spokesman Ver­non Guidry con­firmed the tapes were taken from an em­ployee’s car while be­ing trans­ferred to a stor­age fa­cil­ity. Guidry said some of the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion was en­crypted. Tri­care’s state­ment char­ac­ter­ized risk of harm to in­di­vid­u­als as low be­cause “re­triev­ing the data on the tapes would re­quire knowl­edge of and ac­cess to spe­cific hard­ware and soft­ware and knowl­edge of the sys­tem and data struc­ture.” SAIC re­cently won an IT sup­port ser­vices con­tract with Tri­care last­ing up to four years and val­ued at up to $53 mil­lion.

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