The website of a diagnostic lab in Maharashtra was hacked and medical records, including that of patients with HIV, were leaked online.
The data comprised over 35,000 patients’ medical records with details such as patients’ names, their age, gender, blood test report, lipid profile and other medical parameters
The Mumbai-based laboratory, Health Solutions, has close to 250 centres across the city and over 10,000 collection points in various states in India. Apart from the patients’ records, the website also had 5000 other files including administrative documents. The lab erased all its records from the website on Friday evening.
“We have erased the entire data from our website to protect patients’ details,” said website developer Sunil Mourya.
The data had remained available for several hours on the website and on search engines, before it was erased.
Officials at Health Solutions have claimed that they were able to prevent photographs and contact details of patients from going public. Reports suggested that the lab’s website was hacked several times in the past as well.
The lab said that they will update their security system to prevent security breach in future.