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MGH reports data breach that exposed information of nearly 10,000 people

Nilesh Chandra, healthcare expert at PA Consulting, comments on a Massachusetts General Hospital data breach that exposed the private information of nearly 10,000 people.

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Massachusetts General Hospital said Thursday that a data breach in its neurology department has exposed the private information of nearly 10,000 people. The breach exposed data about participants in certain research programs, including their names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, and medical histories. Social Security numbers and financial information were not disclosed, according to the hospital. The incident occurred in June. The hospital has begun notifying people who were affected.

Nilesh says: “I think this goes to show you can never be too careful with patient data. Even for highly mature organizations, a privacy centric approach is required in all aspects of clinical and business operations to ensure that patient data is handled securely.”

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