Hacker obtains electronic patient records from Prosthetic & Orthotic Care

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A prosthetic and orthoic company with locations in Missouri and Illinois has reported a data breach after a hacker gained access to electronic patient medical records.

Prosthetic & Orthoic Care learned of the breach July 10. An FBI investigation revealed the hackers exploited a previously unknown flaw in software purchased by the company to access the records, which included names, contact information, patient ID numbers, diagnostic codes, appointment dates and billing amounts, according to a statement from the company. Additionally, some records included Social Security numbers, birth dates, medical insurance company, identification information and photos of procedures.

P&O Care did not immediately return Becker's Hospital Review's request for further comment on what software vendor had the flaw or how many records were affected.

"P&O Care deeply regrets that this incident occurred and understands the importance of personal information security," Jim Weber, CEO of P&O, said in the statement. "We are working diligently to notify our patients of this risk, and in light of this attack, we are also working with a nationally recognized security firm to further enhance our security and guard our patients' information."

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