IU Medical Records Posted Online In Information Breach

Information from 757 patients of the IU School of Optometry were visible online for nearly a month.

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IU is launching an investigation to see the effects and cause of the information breach.

The Indiana University School of Optometry has notified 757 patients that a computer server on which certain health information was stored was visible on the Internet for almost a month, between August and September 2011.

Upon learning that the information was exposed on Sept. 9, the school immediately shut the server down. The breach affected patients of the school’s low-vision clinics in Carmel and Indianapolis seen from January 2007 through June 2011. It also included certain hospital inpatients seen by Dr. Houston from August 2007 through August 2008.

As a result of the breach, the school has reported the incident as required by law and launched an investigation to determine the cause of the breach and to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

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