Hospital and healthcare information breaches are not uncommon occurrences; however this case features an attack on a third party vendor to get at the healthcare data. The Pain Treatment Centers of America (PTCOA) and International Surgery Institute (ISI) have reported a potential breach in patient health data, following a hack on third party vendor Bizmatics, putting over 19,000 patients at danger.
Bizmatics is a vendor that functions the EHR and healthcare practice management tool utilized by PTCOA and ISI. Said tool is used to handle patient files, which means it holds all the medical records of the companies’ patients, which accounts for approximately 19,397 individuals.
In accordance to HealthITSecurity, Bizmatics’ data servers were accessed by an unauthorized party late in the year 2015, and notified PTCOA earlier this year. Bizmatics has been working with law enforcement to investigate the cause and what data was stolen, but also reports that the tragedy was contained and all the systems are now protective.
Among the potentially stolen data, HIPAA Journal reports, are patients medical records, health insurance information, personal data like names, addresses, driver’s license and ID numbers, and in some cases, even Social Security numbers. All of that is data that could be utilized for identity theft, particularly in the case of those with stolen Social Security numbers.
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