HIPAA security breach hits Florida dental practice affecting 4K patients: 5 things to know

Pembroke Pines, Fla.-based Key Dental Group alerted 4,000 patients of a potential HIPAA security incident.

Here are five things to know:

1. Key Dental Group's former EMR vendor Mogo informed the practice it would not be returning the EMR database, which was required in the termination of the end user license agreement.

2. Mogo's decision to not return the EMR database to Key Dental Group is in violation of HIPAA. Key Dental Group can no longer access or monitor its EMR database to ensure unauthorized parties do not get access to the information.

3. Information in the database includes names, addresses, date of births, medical histories, diagnoses/conditions, lab/test results, treatment information, medications, health insurance information and claims information.

4. Medicare patients' Social Security numbers may also be vulnerable.

5. Key Dental Group did not definitively determine if unauthorized parties have or will get access to the database. However, the practice told patients to remain vigilant.

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