7 latest data breaches

Here are seven healthcare data breaches that occurred or were announced within the past month.

1. Detroit-based Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute notified more than 2,800 patients their protected health information may have been compromised after an unencrypted flash drive was lost in the mail.

2. At least two employees of CHI Health in Omaha, Neb., reported identity crimes after someone accessed the health system's payroll information without authorization. The third party company that processes payroll and tax information for CHI was hacked in late February or early March. The breach was discovered March 13.

3. Einstein Health Network, based in Philadelphia, suffered a possible data breach after a website database was accidentally left accessible online. Einstein Health Network learned of the breach Feb. 2. The website database contained patient information that had been entered into the health system website's "Request for Information" form.

4. Fremont (Neb.) Health is investigating a potential data breach of employee tax and payroll information. A "small number" of employees reported to the hospital there were potential problems after learning somebody fraudulently tried to file an income tax return using their information.

5. The National Childbirth Trust, a childbirth charity in the United Kingdom, notified 15,085 new and expectant mothers of a data breach related to the charity's registration website. The breach compromised information including email addresses, usernames and passwords. The charity said no financial information was compromised.

6. A former employee of Northgate Medical in Springfield, Mass., took patient information when leaving the practice. The employee took the health information for marketing purposes. The stolen information included patient names, addresses, phone numbers and birthdates.

7. Nearly five million people may have had their sensitive information compromised after a personal laptop was taken from a federal building in Washington state in February. The breach was reported in late March. Burglars reportedly broke into the Office of Child Support Enforcement in
Olympia, Wash., and stole hard drives and a personal laptop. The hard drives may have contained up to five million names and Social Security numbers.

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