Massachusetts General Hospital privacy breach exposed 10,000 patients' records, genetic information

August 23, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

Nearly 10,000 patients involved in research studies were impacted by a third-party privacy breach that may have exposed their medical diagnoses, test results and genetic information at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Officials at the Boston-based hospital said they learned on June 24 that an unauthorized third party accessed databases related to two computer research applications used within the department of neurology, MGH said in a statement.

Approximately 9,900 research participants had information available on the databases.

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