Children’s National Hospital has – again – been the subject of a data breach of personal health information as reported by the Washington Business Journal.
In a notice sent to patient families, the D.C. health system said the issue arose with Centreville-based Ascend Healthcare Systems. Ascend provided medical transcription services to Children’s National from May 1 until June 23, 2014, when Children’s ceased doing business with them.
The breach apparently stems from a third party company named “Ascend” which “inadvertently placed those files on a file transfer protocol (or FTP) site that was configured in a way that allowed access to the transcription documents from the Web.”
This breach comes a little more than a year after Children’s Hospital announced a breach that involved the loss of personal health information and financial information, including social security numbers. Approximately 4,000 patient families have received notice of this latest breach.