UK notifies 878 people of possible breach of health information

November 23, 2011 

The University of Kentucky is notifying 878 people of a breach of protected health information from a lost business phone.

The phone was lost on Sept. 25 and was never recovered, UK HealthCare spokesman Kristi Lopez said.

UK took out a classified ad in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday, saying the phone had access to email that might have included information about health conditions with medical record numbers "and, in some cases, names."

The ad said that no Social Security numbers, dates of birth or credit/debit card or bank account numbers were compromised.

"At this time, we have no reason to believe the phone has been found or the information compromised or used," Lopez said.

UK HealthCare has worked on laptop encryption procedures to prevent breaches and will do the same for mobile devices, Lopez said.

For more information, call 323-6044 locally or toll-free at 1-877-528-3970 or email privacy@uky.edu.

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