Duke Medicine patients' information compromised

Share this article:

Statements containing confidential information were filed by Duke University Health System (DUHS) as part of patients' bankruptcy actions.

How many victims? Undisclosed.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses, DUHS internal record numbers, health insurance carrier(s), the last several digits of subscriber number(s) and clinical information describing patient visits.

What happened? Outstanding billing statements from DUHS containing personal information were used to support proofs of claim filed in Chapter 13 bankruptcy actions by patients.

What was the response? DUHS notified the patients by mail and set up a call center to assist them.

Details: The billing statements did not contain Social Security numbers or credit card information. DUHS claimed it does not believe that the compromised information was misused. It has requested that these billing statements be sealed by the Bankruptcy Court and will no longer use them in claim filings. 

Source:  DukeHealth.org news release, “Notice to Patients Who Previously Filed Chapter 13 Bankruptcy,” March 23, 2012.

Share this article:
close

Next Article in The Data Breach Blog

Sign up to our newsletters

POLL

More in The Data Breach Blog

Seattle University donor checks possibly exposed due to settings error

Seattle University is notifying an undisclosed number of donors that anyone with a Seattle University computer account could have viewed scanned checks.

Laptop stolen from Self Regional Healthcare contained patient data

As least 500 patients of Self Regional Healthcare have been notified that their personal information was on a laptop stolen from a Self Regional facility.

Thousands had data on computers stolen from California medical office

Bay Area Pain Medical Associates notified about 2,780 patients that their data was on computers stolen from its California offices.