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Speech recognition software firm breach exposes thousands of patient records

Burlington, Mass.-based speech recognition software firm Nuance announced the breach of thousands of patient records after a third party gained unauthorized access

A former Nuance employee breached Nuance’s servers and accessed the personal information of 45,000 individuals from several contracted clients between November 20 and December 9 of 2017 and was first announced during a May 10 SEC filling.

Names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, patient numbers, and information dictated by the provider such as patient condition, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, care plan and date of service, and the information of approximately 900 San Francisco Department of Public Health patients were affected, according to a May 11 press release.