Med Associates reports computer hack compromising 270K patient records

Julie Spitzer - Print  | 

Hackers potentially stole nearly 270,000 health and insurance records when they broke into computers at Med Associates, a health billing claims company.

Med Associates officials discovered "unusual activity" at a computer workstation March 22. The company immediately launched an investigation into the incident, which remains ongoing.

Officials have determined patients' names, dates of birth, addresses, dates of service, diagnosis codes, procedure codes and insurance information, including insurance ID numbers, had been compromised. No banking or credit card information was stored on the affected workstation, and Med Associates does not currently believe any of the information has been misused.

"The privacy and security of information in our possession is one of our highest priorities," reads a statement on the organization's website. "Upon learning of this incident, we immediately secured the impacted workstation, implemented even more stringent information security standards and have increased staff training on data privacy and security."

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