North Ottowa Medical Group suffered data breach along with many other healthcare facilities due to hacking incident at Bizmatics, an EHR vendor. Bizmatics notified Michigan-based medical group about the data breach. It mentioned unauthorised user access of its server, but didn’t confirm whether North Ottawa Medical Group data was accessed or not.
According to the reports, about 22,000 individuals were affected by the healthcare data security event. Possible affected data relates to patients at the medical group’s employed physician practices, including the internal medicine, family practice, and women’s health offices.Disclosed information included names, addresses, health visit information, treatments, health insurance information, and Social Security numbers. The incident may have also exposed the last four digits of a credit card number for some patients.
The medical center mentioned that an independent cyber forensics firm, hired by Bizmatics, is working with the vendor. Also, law enforcement officials conducted a criminal investigation.
“These investigations found that there was no reason to believe patient files were the target of the attack,” the press release stated. “Further, investigators could not conclusively determine if there was, in fact, a PHI breach at all.”
North Ottowa Medical Center has notified affected individuals and the Department of Health and Human Services of the incident. Complimentary identity recovery assistance services for a year is also setup.
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Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, NOCHS has reported this incident to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and is treating the situation as though an actual breach occurred. Therefore, in accordance with HIPAA law NOCHS has notified DHHS, NOMG patients, and by way of this news release, the community. NOMG patients will also receive identity recovery assistance services for a year, at no cost.
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