270,000 Put at Risk by Healthcare Data Breach

 – A healthcare data breach at Med Associates, a Latham, NY-based health billing company, may have exposed PHI on more than 270,000 people, reported the Times Unionnewspaper.

In an announcement on its website, Med Associates said that it noticed March 22 “unusual activity” on an employee’s workstation and determined, with help from its IT vendor and a third-party forensic investigation firm, that PHI may have been access by an unauthorized party.

The information included patient names, dates of birth, addresses, dates of service, diagnosis codes, procedure codes, and insurance information, including insurance ID numbers.

Med Associates did not provide the number of individuals affected in its announcement.

“Upon learning of this incident, we immediately secured the impacted workstation, implemented even more stringent information security standards and have increased staff training on data privacy and security,” it said.