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University of Iowa investigates potential data breach

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University of Iowa Health Care is investigating a potential data breach from May of 2015 involving 5,300 patients at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

You can read their statement below: 

On April 29, 2017, University of Iowa Health Care discovered that, in May 2015, a limited set of data containing protected health information of approximately 5,300 patients at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was inadvertently saved in unencrypted files that were posted online through an application development site. 

Upon learning of this incident, UI Health Care acted immediately and deleted the files on May 1, 2017. UI Health Care's investigation revealed that the information in the electronic files included patient names, dates of admission, and medical record numbers. The files did not contain clinical information (for example, diagnosis information), social security numbers, or credit card and other financial information.

UI Health Care has no indications that information in the electronic files was misused or further disclosed. While the information included in the files was very limited, we are advising individuals of steps to help prevent and detect misuse of the information. As a general matter, it’s recommended that everyone follow good practices and closely monitor any "Explanation of Benefits," or EOB, sent by your insurance company or other entity that pays your medical bills. If you see any suspicious activity on the EOB’s or anywhere else, please report the suspicious information or error to your insurance company, health care provider or UI Health Care.

UI Health Care understands the serious nature of any potential breach – no matter how limited – so it has conducted a thorough investigation, identified and mitigated the risks, and strengthened its training and information oversight efforts to prevent a similar occurrence. UI Health Care values patient privacy and deeply regrets any inconvenience this may have caused patients and their families.

UI Health Care sent letters to all impacted individuals on June 22, 2017, for whom we have valid addresses by U.S. postal mail. To learn whether your information was included in the breach or to ask questions, please call toll free at 800-654-5672, or email compliance@uiowa.edu.

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