Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) has reported that two of its backup hard drives containing information of about 40000 people involving their health and insurance details have been stolen during the transportation of the hard drives to offsite stores.
The incident took place on 13th of February 2015. ISMA is unaware of how this is information has been exploited.
Information such as names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health plan numbers and medical history information has been stolen along with other related insurance policy information.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was notified about the incident and the hospital is now running an examination of its internal processes so as to avoid such incidents from happening again.
The affected people are also being informed and they will get a free year of credit monitoring and repair service package.
This is not the first time when a medical institution has announced they were targeted by hackers. Just last week Premera Blue Cross announced that Medical and financial data of around 11 million customers was exposed due to a breach that apparently occurred on the same date as of the Anthem breach.
In 2013, South Shore Medical Center website was hacked and patients’ payment information was leaked online.