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Unity Health Plans notifies 41,437 of missing hard drive

By Nicole Freeman

- Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation is notifying 41,437 members of a portable heard drive missing from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, according to reports from the Wisconsin State Journal and Fox47. The hard drive, reported missing to police on December 12, was being used in a benefits program evaluation.

While the drive did not contain names, addresses, financial or billing information, or Social Security numbers, it did have dates of birth, cities of residence, Unity member numbers, dates of services, and prescription names.

In a statement on its website, Unity stated, “Both Unity and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy are undertaking comprehensive reviews of this breach of policy and are instituting information and re-education initiative to ensure that all employees protect member information at all times. We take our responsibility to protect member information very seriously.”

Breach notification letters were sent out on Wednesday. A year of identity monitoring services are being offered to affected members through ID Experts.

The hard drive has not been recovered, and police are still investigating. The Department of Health and Human Services has also been notified.


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