Pardee UNC Health Care notified its community that a recent break-in in May 2019 might have led to a potential data breach.
Attackers broke-in to the basement of Pardee UNC and stole the electronic equipment from the premises. The healthcare organization became aware of the break-in on May 9, 2019, and reported the incident to the police.
The stolen electronic equipment did not contain any hard drive. However, an internal investigation found out that a pile of 590 Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control forms from 2003 and 2004 might have been viewed during the break-in.
“Since the stack of papers was moved from another location and in view of the person(s) who entered the building and removed the electronics, we do have reason to believe that the information contained on the forms could have been viewed,” Jennifer Melia, Compliance & Privacy Officer for Pardee UNC Health Care said, Mountain Xpress reported.
What information was involved?
The federal drug testing forms contained information related to individuals who had drug screenings performed at Pardee between October 2003 and December 2004, including names, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, results of the drug screen, employer name, and drivers license numbers.
What actions were taken?
Pardee UNC Health Care is committed to protecting the privacy of patients’ medical information and takes this obligation very seriously,” Melia said.