Ransomware attack affects 320,000 patients at Utah physician group

Pleasant Grove, Utah-based Premier Family Medicine is alerting 320,000 patients that their health information may have been exposed in a ransomware attack, according to the HIPAA Journal.

Premier Family Medicine was hit with a ransomware attack July 8, which prevented physicians from accessing patient data and certain systems. The ransomware attack affected all 10 Premier Family Medicine locations.

Immediately after the attack, Premier Family Medicine contacted law enforcement and technical consultants to regain access to its systems. It is unclear if the physician group paid the ransom.

Premier Family Medicine Chief Administrator Robert Edwards said there is no evidence that patient information was accessed or taken, reports the HIPAA Journal. The physician network is taking steps to enhance its cybersecurity efforts.

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