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Kaiser Permanente data breach exposed healthcare records of 70,000 patients


Health plan provider plays down ID theft fears after breach at Washington state division Michael Vi / Shutterstock The healthcare and personal information of up to 70,000 Kaiser Permanente patients in Washington state may have been exposed following unauthorized access to the US healthcare giant’s email system .

The data breach incident, which took place in early April, potentially exposed patients’ first and last name, medical record number, dates of service, and laboratory test result information of the health plan provider.

Financially sensitive information (Social Security number and credit card numbers) were not exposed by the breach, according to the healthcare provider.

In a breach notice (PDF) issued earlier this month, Kaiser sought to reassure potentially affected members by stating that the security incident was promptly contained.

The organization said:

On April 5, 2022, Kaiser Permanente discovered that an unauthorized party gained access to an employee’s emails. We terminated the unauthorized access within hours after it began and promptly commenced an investigation to determine the scope of the incident.We have determined that protected health information was contained in the emails and, while we have no indication that the information was accessed by the unauthorized party, we are unable to completely rule out the possibility.Although […]

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