Western Health Screening (“WHS”) is an organization that offers
comprehensive blood screening tests. It partners with community organizations,
such as hospitals, to provide onsite blood screenings at Health Fairs
throughout the Western slope of Colorado. Health Fairs in the past were
sponsored by either Montrose Memorial Hospital; Gunnison Valley Health;
or Delta County Memorial Hospital (the “Hospitals”).
WHS recently learned that a vehicle owned by WHS in route to a Health Fair
and passing through Salt Lake City, Utah, was stolen. There was a piece
of computer equipment known as a “jump drive” belonging to
WHS that was in the stolen vehicle. Upon learning of this theft, WHS immediately
investigated and determined that the jump drive, which was password protected,
but unencrypted, contained participants’ personal information. WHS
learned of the theft on February 7, 2017, but determined that the jump
drive was unencrypted on February 15, 2017.
When WHS learned of the theft, it immediately reported the theft to the
Salt Lake City Police Department. The jump drive has not been recovered
and the police continue to investigate. WHS also conducted its own internal
investigation. WHS determined that the jump drive contained demographic
information that had been collected by WHS for health fair participants
from the years 2008-2012, including health fair participants’ names,
addresses, phone numbers and in some instances Social Security numbers.
WHS also determined that the jump drive can only be accessed via a unique
password. The jump drive did not contain any medical information such
as blood test results, nor did it contain any financial information such
as credit card numbers or other source of payment information. To date,
WHS has no evidence that any participants’ information was accessed
by unauthorized persons or that any participants’ personal information
has been misused.
WHS and the Hospitals, including Gunnison Valley Health, are deeply committed
to protecting the security and confidentiality of Health Fair participants’
information and regret that this incident occurred. As a result of this
incident, WHS has re-educated its employees with respect to safeguarding
sensitive information and has taken steps to enhance its existing procedures
related to storing and securing information on mobile devices.
WHS began mailing letters to affected participants on April 12, 2017 and
has provided a toll free number to answer any questions. If you participated
in any Health Fairs sponsored by the Hospitals, including Gunnison Valley
Health, and believe you may be affected and have not received a letter
by April 28, 2017, or have additional questions, you can call WHS’s
toll free number at (800) 410-3225 or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Western Health Screening (WHS) with questions and concerns,
including to find out if your social security number was disclosed as
part of the incident.
1. Call (800) 410-3225, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MST
2. E-mail: email@example.com
3. Mail: Western Health Screening, PO Box 30157, Billings, Montana 59107
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