Nearly 80,000 patients were potentially impacted by a recent data breach at Georgia-based Emory Healthcare’s Orthopaedics & Spine Center and Brain Health Center (EHC) at Emory Clinic. On January 3, 2017, EHC became aware of an incident of unauthorized data access involving a third party database called Waits & Delays. The healthcare organization explained in an online statement it had used the database to update patients on appointment information. The database—which contained appointment information including patient names, dates of birth, contact information, internal medication record numbers, dates of service, and physician names—was deleted by an unauthorized individual who then requested that EHC pay the individual to have it restored.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Health IT Security