SAIC wins $15M HHS contract despite massive patient record breach

Despite endangering the privacy of nearly 5 million TRICARE patients last month, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) still was able to secure a lucrative IT support contract from the Department of Health & Human Services. The breach--in which an SAIC employee had electronic health record backup tapes stolen out of his car--was reported to TRICARE on Sept. 14. The tapes that stored data from 1992 through Sept. 7, 2011 might include Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers of patients, as well as personal health data. Under HIPAA's security breach notification rule, SAIC must report the incident to HHS and be placed on its "wall of shame." --Read the full article at FierceEMR