Colorado health provider alerts 295,617 patients of data breach

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

AspenPointe in Colorado Springs recently notified 295,617 patients of a data breach in September that exposed some of their personal information. 

The behavioral health services provider discovered unauthorized access to its network between Sept. 12-22. After launching an investigation, AspenPointe determined that patient information including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, Medicaid ID numbers and diagnosis codes were exposed as a result of the incident. 

AspenPointe reported the security breach to HHS Nov. 19 as affecting 295,617 individuals. The healthcare provider is offering 12 months of free identity theft services and a $1 million insurance reimbursement policy to those affected. 

To increase security after the incident, AspenPointe implemented password changes, increased monitoring and rolled out firewall changes. 

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