Accidentally and Unknowingly. Three Years On?

Breaches happen. Inadvertent disclosures happen. But over 3 1/2 years?

According to HIPAA Journal, April 20, 2018:

1,071 patients who received medical services at the Des Moines Crisis Observation Center operated by Polk County Health Services Inc., have been informed that some of their protected health information has been “accidentally and unknowingly disseminated” over a period of three and a half years.

The breach was discovered on February 14, 2018, although the investigation revealed that information first started being disclosed on June 1, 2014 and continued until January 11, 2018. The types of information disclosed includes patients’ names along with Social Security numbers, home addresses, Medicaid ID numbers, admission dates, and discharge locations.