30,000 medical records damaged in malware attack at Texas provider

Houston-based Fondren Orthopedic Group is notifying 30,049 patients that their medical records may have been damaged in a malware attack.

Former and current patients of K. Mathew Warnock, MD, may have been affected by the incident. In November, Fondren Orthopedic Group discovered that a limited number of medical records had been damaged and are no longer accessible because of a malware incident.

Patient data that may have been affected included names, addresses, telephone numbers, diagnosis and treatment information and health insurance information. Fondren Orthopedic Group is asking affected patients to prepare new patient forms with detailed medical histories.

Although medical records were damaged, Fondren Orthopedic Group said that there is no evidence patient data was access or removed from the practice.

"The privacy and security of information in Fondren's possession is a high priority for the Fondren Orthopedic Group. Accordingly, it has strict security measures in place to protect information in its care. Upon learning of this incident, Fondren immediately took steps to restore its systems and ensure the security of Fondren's network. In addition, Fondren is reviewing its policies and procedures relating to data security and taking steps to enhance its existing security protocols," the orthopedic group said in a statement.

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