Former N.H. Hospital Patient Releases Private Health Data
The data published included the names, addresses and social security numbers of 15,000 people.
New Hampshire health officials announced that a former psychiatric patient at a state hospital published the private health information of 15,000 people online in October of 2015.
The former New Hampshire Hospital patient allegedly used the institution’s library computer to access the personal data and post it to a social media website, says state Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers.
Making matters worse, a staff member at the hospital allegedly noticed the patient’s illegal online activity and told a supervisor about it, but it was never reported to hospital management or the state, according to techtimes.com.
Almost a year after that incident, in August of 2016, a hospital security officer informed hospital officials that the patient may have posted private information online, but an ensuing investigation found no evidence of a data breach.
Three months later, hospital security officials confirmed that the confidential data had indeed been posted online. Within 24 hours of the discovery, authorities had removed the information and opened a criminal investigation.
The people affected by the incident had all received services from the DHHS and weren’t necessarily patients at New Hampshire Hospital. The information publicized included names, addresses and social security numbers. Authorities have so far found no evidence that the information was misused.
Now hospital officials are reviewing their computer system policies and procedures to prevent a similar incident from occurring again.
Add Another Layer of Protection to your Campus
If you’re responsible for protecting a campus — whether at a hospital, K-12 school, college or university — then Campus Safety magazine is a must-read, and it’s free! As the only publication devoted to those public safety, security and emergency management personnel, issues cover all aspects of safety measures, including access control, video surveillance, mass notification, and security staff practices.
Take advantage of a free subscription to Campus Safety today, and add its practical insights, product updates and know-how to your toolkit. Subscribe today!
Campus Safety Heroes
Campus Safety honors those who keep their hospital, school or university campus safer.See our latest Heroes, nominees and content.
Recommended For You
Do you have a Threat Assessment Checklist? If not, you’ll want to download this FREE Active Shooter Checklist now!
Improving emergency preparedness on your campus is an evolving process involving both personnel and equipment. Learn from other school and college officials preparedness and who reveal what they look for in an emergency alert system.