WCHN Warns of Possible Medical Records Breach
Nuvance released a statement that read in part:
"On June 21, 2019, WCHN learned that a box containing medical records that it had sent via the United States Postal Service to the Connecticut State Department of Public Health ("DPH") had broken open during shipping and its contents were damaged. WCHN had sent the box of medical records to the DPH on June 11, 2019, in accordance with its reporting requirements under Connecticut law. Upon learning of the incident, WCHN immediately launched an investigation and worked with the USPS to retrieve the damaged box. On July 9, 2019, the box was returned by the USPS to WCHN. WCHN has no indication that the box of medical records ever left USPS custody until it was returned to WCHN. WCHN then undertook a comprehensive review of the medical records that were returned in the damaged box. Through this review, WCHN determined that the box contained reports for some WCHN patients, which included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, medical record numbers, provider names, medical record numbers, dates of diagnosis, diagnoses, and diagnostic test information. WCHN has no evidence that any information that was in the damaged box has been misused."In addition to Danbury Hospital, Nuvance Health's hospitals include Norwalk, New Milford, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, N.Y., Northern Duchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, and Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn.