Hospital suffers data breach

November 16th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

OH Muhlenberg, LLC recently suffered a keystroke logger cyberattack, which lead to a health data breach. Affected information includes patient names, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, drivers license/state identification numbers, health plan information, financial account numbers, payment card information, and employment information.

After the FBI notification, hospital conducted a large-scale investigation. OH Muhlenberg found thata malicious software, called keystroke logging, had been installed on several of the hospitals computers.

The health data breach also affected hospital employees and contractors which includes providers who worked in OH Muhlenberg. Exposed information for them includes credentialing information, Drug Enforcement Administration numbers, National Provider Identifiers, and state license numbers.

According to the hospital, it is not possible to know which patients have been affected by this security breach.

Unfortunately, we cannot determine the type of information that may have been accessed during the incident because it is impossible to determine exactly what information was inputted into the infected computers,OH Muhlenberg wrote in a frequently asked questions document regarding the breach.

OH Muhlenberg expressed regret for this situation. Statement also mentioned its commitment to protect sensitive patient information.

The Hospital is committed to maintaining the privacy of its patients, employees, and providers, and takes precautions for the security of personal and medical information,said thehospitals director of privacy and security DeAnn Tucker, RHIA, CHPS, CCS. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this incident presents to you.

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