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Cogent Healthcare notifies 32,000 patients of a breach

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Cogent Healthcare notified 32,000 patients of a data breach caused by a security lapse at M2Comsys, the vendor hired to transcribe the company’s physician notes, The Tennessean reported. PHI including physician’s name, patient date of birth, diagnosis, treatment, medical history, and medical record number were compromised when what should have been a secure website was accessible to the public May 5 to June 24, according to the report.

Cogent is a hospitalist company based in Brentwood, Tenn. The company terminated its relationship with M2Comsys as a result of the breach, according to The Tennessean. Cogent is still investigating the breach, which impacted partners and patients in 48 states, and has yet to identify who may have accessed the PHI. Patients affected by the breach will receive a one-year membership to Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert, the newspaper reported.

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