On August 16, 2018, University Medical Center Physicians submitted a HIPAA Email Breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Based in Lubbock, Texas, the University Medical Center Physicians email breach affected 18,500 individuals’ protected health information.
University Medical Center Physicians, or UMC Physicians, is classified as a Healthcare Provider. According to a statement from UMC Physicians:
ObservationsUMC Physicians uses Microsoft 365 as their email platform. As the data clearly showed in 2018, the email security provided by Microsoft 365 alone is insufficient to stop HIPAA email breaches.
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.