On February 15, 2019,Memorial Hospital at Gulfport submitted a HIPAA Email Breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Located in Mississippi, the Memorial Hospital at Gulfport email breach affected 30,642 individuals’ protected health information. Last year, Memorial also reported a breach that affected 1,512 individuals.
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is classified as a Healthcare Provider.
According to a notice on Memorial Hospital at Gulfport’s website:
On December 17, 2018, MHG learned that an unauthorized third party gained access to an employee’s email account on December 6, 2018. MHG immediately took steps to secure the account and began an investigation, which determined that patient information was contained in the email account and may have included patients’ names, dates of birth, health insurance information and/or information about medical care received at MHG. A limited number of Social Security numbers were also contained within the email account.
Even though MHG has no indication that patient information has been misused, it began mailing letters to affected patients on February 15, 2019, and is offering complimentary credit monitoring and identity protection services to those patients whose Social Security numbers were included in the email account. MHG recommends that affected patients review statements they receive from their health care providers and health insurers. If they see charges or services not incurred or received, they should contact the insurer or provider immediately.
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.