Health Information of 3K Geisinger Patients Disclosed in Unencrypted Email

The personal health information of approximately 3,000 Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System patients has been disclosed in an unauthorized manner, according to a health system news release.

On Nov. 3, a former Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center gastroenterologist transferred the personal health information data from his Geisinger computer to his home email account in an unencrypted email. The physician sent the data to his home computer to complete an analysis of his procedures.

The disclosed information included patient names, Geisinger medical record numbers, types of procedures, indications and the physician's brief impressions regarding the care provided. The information did not include addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, patient account information or any other financially information that would make patient vulnerable to financial identity theft.

The public notice was made in accordance to Geisinger Health System's policy and applicable federal regulations.

Read the news release about the personal health information disclosure.

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