Glens Falls Hospital mistakenly sends some workers' Social Security numbers in internal email

The names and Social Security numbers of Glens Falls (N.Y.) Hospital employees who had not received flu shots were exposed in an internal email to staff, The Post Star reports. 

Hospital officials had intended to send the list to the Center for Occupational Health, which had inquired about the influenza immunization status of its employees.

The hospital's information services team worked with Microsoft to delete most of the emails from its Outlook email system. Recipients were instructed to delete any remaining emails and refrain from disclosing, copying or distributing them.

An employee who had their information exposed told The Post Star hospital management offered affected individuals one free year of LifeLock identity theft protection.

Becker's Hospital Review reached out to Glens Falls Hospital, and hospital spokeswoman Katelyn Cinzio provided the following statement.

 "There was a situation where employees' personal information was inadvertently released internally and we rectified the situation immediately and conservatively. Safeguarding personal information is our highest priority. We have communicated directly with affected employees on the ways in which we have addressed this to ensure continued protection of personal information."

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