November 28, 2018
Florida-based Key Dental Group has made contact with its patients about a doubted HIPAA breach which might have resulted in the illegal disclosure of their protected health information (PHI).
After altered its electronic medical record (EMR) database supplier, Key Dental Group asked its earlier provider, MOGO, the return its EMR database. Although the end user license agreement (EULA) said that all patient data should be delivered over on cessation of the contract, MOGO has not returned the database.
MOGO suggested to Key Dental Group, through its lawyer, that the database would not be handed over. The Pembroke Pines dental practice asserts that together with breaching the EULA, MOGO, as a HIPAA business associate, is in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
All safety breaches, including the illegal retrieving of patients’ protected health information, needs notices to be dispatched to impacted patients. Key Dental Group is not conscious if the database has been retrieved after the cessation of the EULA, however, since the KDG-MOGO database can no longer be retrieved, studied, or protected from illegal access, notifications were considered essential.
Key Dental Group, in a latest press release concerning the HIPAA occurrence, said “While Key Dental Group cannot conclusively say that illegal access has or will happen to this database, given the apparent violations of different parts of HIPAA activated by MOGO’s actions and the sensitivity of the information the database has, Key Dental Group, PA is publicly informing its patients at this time of this occurrence.”
All patients who had their personal health information – which includes names, health insurance information, medications, treatment information, lab/test results, diagnoses/conditions, medical histories, dates of birth, addresses, claims information, and the Social Security numbers of some Medicare/Medicaid patients – is saved on advised to check their accounts for any suggestion of identity theft and scam.