The March 18 report that a California state employee had improperly accessed the COVID-19 test results of thousands of state hospital patients should be seen as a warning sign, says CynergisTek CEO Caleb Barlow
On March 18, Lindsey Holden, a reporter for the San Luis Obispo Tribune, reported that “A state employee improperly accessed more than 2,000 Atascadero State Hospital [ASH, in the town of Atascadero] patient and employee records in a data breach identified in late February, [the California] Department of State Hospitals said. The breach occurred when the DSH employee accessed names, COVID-19 test results, and health information necessary for tracking coronavirus for 1,415 ASH patients and former patients and 617 employees, a DSH news release said. The employee had access to ASH data servers through their information technology job duties. The employee had been improperly accessing the information for about 10 months before DSH found out about the data breach, an FAQ about the incident said.”
Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek provided commentary for this article, where he shares his perspectives about the recent breach at Atascadero State Hospital in California.
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