Medical Center Reveals 4.5-Year Data Leak

December 4, 2020
MikeDotta / Shutterstock.com

Healthcare facilities nationwide, many of whom are already swamped with the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, are rethinking and reinforcing their operations in another crucial area – cybersecurity. But as even managers fend off new threats of phishing, botnets and ransomware comes a reminder that these challenges are hardly new.

Fairchild Medical Center (FMC) in Yreka, Calif., began notifying patients Nov. 25 of a misconfiguration on one of its servers that might have allowed unauthorized individuals access to patient data for about 4.5 years, according to Becker’s Hospital Review

A third-party security company unaffiliated with FMC alerted the medical center to the security issue in July; FMC then launched an investigation and hired computer specialists to secure the server. 

FMC determined that the misconfiguration existed from around Dec. 16, 2015, to July 31, 2020. The medical center said it cannot rule out unauthorized access to patient records that were present on the server during the time period.

 

Click here to read the article.

See the latest posts on our homepage


Share


Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Hospitals Fined $184K Over Worker Infections


Two hospitals fined for failing to report when employees were infected with COVID-19

1/15/2021

New COVID-19 Challenge: Minimizing PPE Waste


Managers seek to reduce the quantity of isolation gowns, gloves and masks discarded after use

1/15/2021

Healthcare Facilities Addressing Workplace Violence


Workplace violence is about four times more prevalent in healthcare than in other industries

1/15/2021

Telehealth Grows Amid Pandemic and Is Likely To Stay


Virtual visits must focus on patient experience to be a viable option

1/15/2021

Food Programs Adapt in the COVID-19 Era


Service had to continue where many traditional models no longer were feasible

1/15/2021





Post Comment




FREE
NEWSLETTER

News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.