Behavioral Health Network Notifies Over 129,000 Patients of a Potential Data Breach
According to Becker’s Hospital Review, Behavioral Health Network has notified over 129,000 patients of a data breach in May that might have exposed their information. BHN is the largest behavioral health service provider in Western Massachusetts.
BHN reports that is discovered some of its systems had become infected with a virus on May 28th of this year. BHN immediately launched an investigation which concluded that an unauthorized third-party had gained access to their system 2 days before the malware was introduced. This third-party would have had access to the files of some current and former patients at the health network.
BHN cannot confirm whether the third-party viewed any sensitive information in the files they had access to. These filed held sensitive information including names, addresses, medical treatment and diagnosis data, health insurance claims, and social security numbers.
In response to the incident, BHN is implementing additional data privacy safeguards and is providing training to employees on proper data privacy practices. They are also offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services to patients whose information may have been compromised.