Harel Chiropractic Clinic suffered data breach which affected PHI for 3,000 chiropractic patients in Hudson, Wisconsin. According to the reports, an employee may have inappropriately accessed patient personal information. The employee was provided with the access to the information considering requirement for normal job routine. The employee resigned after the breach.
Harel notified 3,000 patients immediately after the breach was discovered. Affected Information includes patient names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and insurance information. Information on credit cards or bank accounts was not impacted.
Officials consider that the breach was conducted in order to solicit patients. However, patients may need to place a fraud alert on their credit reports as an extra precaution. Guidelines for the affected individuals were provided on clinic website:
What, exactly, happened?
The entire circumstances are still under investigation. However, to date, we have determined that an employee and contracted chiropractor, accessed and removed Harel Chiropractic Clinic patient information from the Clinic on November 4, 2014, and promptly resigned after doing so.
Should I cancel my credit cards and debit cards?
While we can’t tell you NOT to, we can tell you that no credit card, debit card or any other financial information has been accessed or removed from the clinic. This information is not retained by Harel Chiropractic Clinic when patients use their credit or debit card to pay for services or products.
What should I do if I think I have been the victim of identity theft?
You should immediately report your concerns to your local law enforcement agency. Contact your credit card issuance companies and banks to cancel all credit cards and debits cards.
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