Data error exposes 974K UW Medicine patients' information

22 feb

An error in a database configuration made protected internal files temporarily available online and visible via search.

Almost a million UW Medicine patients’ information was uncovered this past year as a result of data error, based on a news release in the San antonio-based organization. A mistake inside a database configuration made protected internal files temporarily available on the web and visual via search. The files grew to become accessible on December 4, 2018, because of internal human error. But UW Medicine didn’t notice it until December 26, whenever a patient conducted a Search for his or her name and discovered personal files using their information.

UW fixed the mistake on December 26. However, Google had saved some files before that date. Thus, UW Medicine labored with Google to get rid of the saved versions and prevent them from turning up searching results. All of the files were taken off Google servers by The month of january 10.

The files contained patients’ names, permanent medical record figures, that UW Medicine shared the data, an account of the items details about you was shared (for example “office visits”) and the reason behind the disclosure (like mandatory reporting). In some instances, the files incorporated the a performed lab test (although not the end result) or the an investigation study that incorporated a physical disease.

Medical records, patient financial information and Social Security figures weren't within the files, based on the news release.

UW Medicine has began delivering letters towards the roughly 974,000 patients who have been impacted. It's also reported the incident to HHS’ Office for Civil Legal rights. To supply patients with a lot more information and respond to questions, ID Experts, a vendor, is building a answering services company and website with respect to UW Medicine.

“We regret this incident happened and sincerely apologize for just about any distress this could cause our patients as well as their families,” the San antonio organization stated in news reports release. “UW Prescription medication is dedicated to supplying quality care while protecting patients’ private information. We're reviewing our internal protocols and operations to stop this from happening again.”