Thursday, March 27, 2014

UK HealthCare Warns Patients of Health Information Breach

UK HealthCare is warning more than a thousand patients about a possible breach of their personal health information.

According to UK Hospital officials, Talyst, a vendor that provides pharmacy billing management services, reported a password protected laptop had been stolen in early February.

The employee had access to 1,079 patients' information like date of birth, medical records and medication. Some patients' insurance carrier and ID number may also have been on the stolen laptop.

But after investigating, hospital officials determined that social security numbers and bank account information was not on the laptop and they don't believe anyone's information has been misused.

If patients are concerned though, officials at the Better Business Bureau recommend getting a credit report.

UK Hospital officials also say to keep an eye on your health benefits. If patients notice anything unusual, they should contact their insurer.