Personal info of about 15,000 NH DHHS clients accessed by patient, some posted on social media

Personal information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ internal files has been posted to a social media site, Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers said.

DHHS learned Nov. 4 of this breach and notified the NH Department of Information Technology, NH State Police and other state officials.

With the assistance of law enforcement, the information was removed from social media within 24 hours and a criminal investigation was launched, Meyers said.

The information that was put out included names, addresses, Social Security Numbers and Medicaid identification numbers of those who received services before November 2015. About 15,000 clients’ information was accessed, but only “a very small number” of those accounts was posted on social media, Meyers said.