by Arianna Etemadieh
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Michael Gruber DMD PA suffers HIPAA email breach

by Arianna Etemadieh

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On April 20, 2018, Michael Gruber DMD PA submitted a HIPAA Email Breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, Michael Gruber DMD PA’s email breach affected 4,624 individuals’ protected health information.

Michael Gruber DMD PA is classified as a Healthcare Provider.

According to Michael Gruber DMD PA’s statement:

On February 20, 2018, Michael Gruber DMD PA discovered an unauthorized individual(s) accessed an employee’s email account. Michael Gruber DMD PA immediately changed the employee’s credentials and commenced an investigation, with the assistance of a third-party forensic investigator, to determine what happened. As part of the investigation, we determined that an unauthorized individual(s) accessed the employee’s email between February 14, 2018 and February 20, 2018. Consequently, all emails contained in the email account at the time it was accessed may have been viewed by the unauthorized individual(s).

Michael Gruber DMD PA has no evidence of any actual or attempted misuse of information as a result of this incident. However, the employee’s email account that was subject to unauthorized access may have contained information related to patient and employee names and other dental information. In very limited instances, the employee’s email account may have contained Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers of patients and employees.

On April 18, 2018, Michael Gruber DMD PA mailed notice letters to individuals whose data may have been subject to unauthorized access and for whom they had a postal address. Michael Gruber DMD PA continues to work closely with our third-party forensic investigators to investigate this incident and to confirm the security of our systems. We are also taking additional actions to strengthen and enhance the security of our systems going forward.

HHS Wall of Shame

The HHS Wall of Shame is a website under the jurisdiction of HHS that lists all HIPAA breaches reported within the last 24 months. The Wall of Shame displays breaches that are currently under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights.

As part of section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, the HHS Secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.

HIPAA Breach Report

The Paubox HIPAA Breach Report analyzes breaches that affected 500 or more individuals as reported in the HHS Wall of Shame.

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