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Hospital group criticized for emailing health information

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    Partners should have known better than to allow employees to send sensitive patient data via email, experts said in the wake of yet another healthcare data breach, and should have responded faster when the breach was discovered.

    Late last month, Boston-based Partners HealthCare System notified 3,300 patients that hackers got access to employee emails that contained such information as Social Security numbers, health insurance information, and medical data.

    The system includes such well-known hospitals as Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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    According to Partners, employees fell victim to phishing emails that allowed hackers to get access to their email accounts.

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