About 3,000 Georgians have been told that some of their health information was inadvertently disclosed.
The data breach affected clients in the Community Care Services Program, which helps people at risk of nursing home placement to remain in their communities.
The program is managed by the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services, in partnership with Georgia’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging. Overall, CCSP serves about 9,500 people.
The problem involved the unintentional disclosure of certain health diagnoses of program participants through an email to a contracted provider.
“While we are confident that this data breach was limited in nature and resolved almost immediately, we are obligated to ensure that our clients and the public can trust the integrity of our programs,” Georgia’s Human Services commissioner, Robyn A. Crittenden, said in a statement. “We take client privacy very seriously, and it is important that the public is fully aware of this situation and aware of our efforts to prevent such an event in the future.”
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