Marin Medical Practices Concepts pays ransom to hackers

An EHR and billing and management support service has reportedly paid a ransom to cyberattackers who targeted its computer system with a ransomware attack, reports The Mercury News.

Marin Medical Practices Concepts is a physician-owned company based in Novato, Calif. CEO Lynn Mitchell told The Mercury News its information systems were hit with the attack July 26. "Ransom was paid. For security reasons we will not be releasing the amount of denomination paid," she said.

MMPC clients were unable to access their electronic records for more than a week, according to the report. One such organization is the Prima Medical Group, which has locations throughout California. In a notification letter to patients, Robert Newbury, MD, CEO of Prima Medical Foundation, said provider offices remained open and able to provide patient care "even though the system was not fully operational."

Both Dr. Newbury's letter and Ms. Mitchell's comments to The Mercury News indicate no evidence any patient data was accessed, viewed, transferred or compromised.

"All impacted healthcare systems have been restored or are in the process of being fully restored and brought online," according to Ms. Mitchell.

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