Children's Hospital Colorado alerts 3.4k patients of email breach

Aurora-based Children's Hospital Colorado on Sept. 8 began notifying almost 3,400 patient families of a privacy incident that possibly exposed their protected health information.

Children's Hospital Colorado on July 11 discovered a team member's email account may have been accessed by an unauthorized party. Upon learning of the potential breach, hospital officials secured the affected email account and commenced an investigation, including hiring an outside forensics firm.

There is no evidence information in the email account was accessed or misused, according to hospital officials. However, after a review of the email account, officials determined some of the emails included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers and limited clinical information.

Children's Hospital Colorado established a dedicated call center to answer questions about the privacy incident, which patients will have access to beginning Sept. 11.

Click here to view the full notification. A Children's Hospital Colorado spokesperson declined to offer additional comment to Becker's Hospital Review.

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