Brigham and Ladies’s Hospital launched a assertion and despatched a letter to affected sufferers on Aug. 4 alerting them that particular analysis information posted on Tableau’s web site in 2018 and in 2023 inadvertently included a publicly accessible hyperlink to some private and well being info.
Collected in reference to the unique unnamed research – or in reference to a top quality enchancment challenge that included that research’s information – the private info disclosed might have included the title, handle, medical document quantity, date of delivery, e mail handle and cellphone variety of sufferers that participated within the associated analysis, stated BWH officers in Friday’s announcement.
“The scientific info disclosed might have included your prognosis, lab outcomes, drugs, and procedures collected as a part of the research or challenge,” well being system officers say they realized on June 8. “Not all people had the identical information concerned.”
Which means the hyperlinks have been publicly accessible between Feb. 25, 2018, and June 13, 2023.
The hospital said that there was no “entry to or launch of” Social Safety numbers, monetary account numbers, different medical insurance info or debit/bank card numbers.
“These graphs have been posted on the web by way of the general public web site for the Tableau software and have been created to supply solely high-level and abstract info,” stated BWH officers, noting that the well being system is reviewing its privateness and safety necessities governing use of Tableau software program.