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Data breach affects 4.9 million Tricare beneficiaries

Tricare this week released details on a data breach involving the personal health information of 4.9 million of its beneficiaries treated in the military health system.  Tricare said Science Applications International Corp. informed the insurer of the breach on Sept. 14. According to press reports, the tapes were stolen from an employee's car.

Tricare said the data, which was on backup tapes from an electronic health care record used in the military health system, contain personally identifiable and protected health information on beneficiaries treated since 1992 in the San Antonio, Texas, region. Tricare beneficiaries who filled prescriptions at the facilities, or whose lab work was processed there, also are affected by the breach.

Tricare said the data on the tapes—while it cannot be retrieved without specialized knowledge and access to the software and hardware used to store it—may include Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and personal health data. There is no financial, credit card or bank account information on the backup tapes, Tricare said.

More information on the incident—including questions, answers and contact information—is here.

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