Cerner Data Center breach compromises NCH Healthcare employee data

Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare has reported a data breach stemming from two of its servers thought to have been accessed via the Cerner Data Center in Kansas City, Mo. The targeted servers only contained employee data, and no patient information has been compromised, according to an ABC7 report.

The nature of the breach, whether from an external party attempting entry or some kind of internal security lapse, is unclear. NCH has sent letters of notification to affected employees and is offering an identity theft monitoring service to all employees who may have been affected by the breach.

"While there was the potential for unauthorized access to two Naples Community Hospital servers that hosted personal identifiable information for employees, medical staff and their beneficiaries and dependents, there is no indication that any unauthorized access or misuse of information occurred," Dan Smith, a Cerner spokesperson, said in an email statement. "These servers did not house protected health information, and we have worked with NCH and third-party forensic consultants to investigate and take corrective action. NCH has notified individuals who may be affected."

Thus far, there have been no reports of any attempts to misuse any information that may have been obtained during the breach. 

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