More than 1M patient records breached in the last 30 days

From snooping employees to ransomware gangs breaching health systems' IT and communication systems, here are four cybersecurity incidents that Becker's has reported on since Aug. 29. 

  1. On June 28, Baton Rouge, La.-based General Health System, which operates Baton Rouge General Medical Center, learned that unauthorized individuals gained access to its network and exfiltrated files containing patient data.

  2. A former employee at the Gainesville-based University of Florida Health Shands hospital accessed the records of 941 patients without authorization. The health system said the employee viewed patient information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, diagnoses and conditions, and some health insurance information. The employee is no longer at University of Florida Health Shands and the health system immediately terminated the employee's access to patient information upon detecting the unauthorized access.
     
  3. Ransomware gang Daixin Team took credit for a Sept. 1 ransomware attack on Richmond, Texas-based OakBend Medical Center. The hackers caused the center's communication systems and IT systems to shut down, and are now claiming to have stolen more than 1 million patient records. The records allegedly contain information such as names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and patient treatment information.

  4. Lubbock (Texas) Heart & Surgical Hospital notified patients about a July data security incident that disrupted some of its IT systems and compromised the protected health information of 23,379 patients.

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