Ascension Eastwood Clinic reports information breach after employee sends email without blinding addresses

Southfield, Mich.-based Ascension Eastwood Clinics reported a patient information breach after an employee sent an email to several patients without blinding the email addresses, according to a release from the system.

The staff member sent an email to patients on April 15 detailing its transition to telehealth. The email included patients' email addresses, which in some cases included the patients' full names. The email did not contain any other personal or protected health information and the clinic reported "no significant risk" of patients' email accounts being compromised.

The breach affected 999 individuals, according to the HHS report on the incident. The clinic notified patients of the breach as well as local media outlets and government authorities, as required.

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