Breach

Wisconsin chiropractic clinic notifies 3,000 patients of insider breach

January 29, 2015

Wisconsin-based Harel Chiropractic & Massage is notifying roughly 3,000 patients that a former employee and contracted chiropractor accessed and removed their personal information – including Social Security numbers – from the clinic, and promptly resigned after.

How many victims? About 3,000.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdays, Social Security numbers and insurance information. 

What happened? A former employee and contracted chiropractor accessed and removed Harel Chiropractic patient information from the clinic, and promptly resigned after.

What was the response? An investigation is ongoing. All impacted individuals are being notified.

Details: Officials learned of the breach on Nov. 20, 2014. The former employee and contracted chiropractor – who had access to patient information as a part of their normal job duties – accessed and removed the personal data on Nov 4, 2014. Officials believe the information was taken to solicit patients.

Source: kstp.com, “Hudson Chiropractic Clinic Notifies Patients of November Security Breach,” Jan. 26, 2015; harelchiropractic.com, “HAREL CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Breach Frequently Asked Questions,” 2015.

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