Maryland-based St. Agnes Health Care, Inc. recently mentioned on its website that it suffered data breach when one of its employees was the victim of an email phishing scam. St. Agnes said that it sent data breach notification letters to approximately 25,000 patients. It included the warning as protected information was potentially exposed.
“We are taking the necessary and appropriate steps to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future,” Saint Agnes Corporate Responsibility Officer Sharon McNamara said in a statement. “Specifically, we will continue to implement administrative, technical and physical safeguards against unauthorized access of protected health information. In this instance, we reported the incident to our email service provider and are evaluating additional ways to enhance our already robust security program.”
The affected information includes patient names, dates of birth, genders, medical record numbers, insurance information, and limited clinical information. There were four cases where Social Security numbers were exposed.
“Through a fraudulent e-mail communication, sophisticated hackers gained access to protected health information contained in an employee e-mail account,” the statement read.
The statement failed to mention the date and time of breach incident. Identity monitoring and protection services will be offered free of charge as appropriate for individuals whose social security number has been compromised by this incident.
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