Published Date: 2021-05-24
ASH Data Breach
DSH identifies affected BU 18 members
The Department of State Hospitals has recently notified CAPT that approximately 63 DSH-Atascadero BU 18 employees were affected by the privacy data breach reported by DSH on March 18, 2021. On March 18, the department announced an information technology employee at Atascadero State Hospital improperly accessed “patient, former patient, and employee names, COVID-19 test results, and health information necessary for tracking COVID-19” from the facility’s data servers. The breach was discovered during an annual review of employees’ access rights to data folders.
After further investigation, the department reported on April 13 that the “employee improperly accessed approximately 1,415 patient and former patient, and 617 employee or others’ names, COVID-19 test results, and health information necessary for tracking COVID-19 on February 25, 2021; and the personally identifiable information of approximately 1,735 employees and former employees, and 1,217 DSH job applicants who never became DSH employees.”
Details of the ongoing investigation continue to emerge. As of now, the department has determined the impact of the data breach on BU 18 employees as follows:
DSH will continue to notify affected individuals if additional compromised information emerges as it continues its investigation. At this time, DSH has no evidence of the use or attempted use of the Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) compromised by this incident.
DSH notifies affected individuals via a Notice of Data Breach letter when compromised information is discovered. If you received a Notice of Data Breach letter, DSH advises you to keep a copy of the letter. If your Social Security number was accessed, you should place a fraud alert on your credit files by following the recommended privacy protection steps outlined in the Breach Help--Consumer Tips from the California Attorney General, which can be found at https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/privacy/cis-17-breach-help.pdf.
May 24, 2021 | Download Flier