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Seacoast Radiology Computer Server Breached
Jan 11, 2011 (04:01 PM EST)
Patients notified; No unauthorized use of personal and billing data verified
ROCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Seacoast Radiology, PA discovered on November 12, 2010 that an office server containing personal patient data and billing information was accessed by an unauthorized third party. Access to this server was disabled immediately and an independent investigation concluded that unauthorized use of patient and billing data is unlikely. All patients and patient billing guarantors have been notified.
The independent investigation indicated that personal information, including name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, medical procedure codes, diagnosis codes and billing information was stored on this server. Patient radiology reports, including radiographic images, and banking information was not stored on this server and therefore not breached.
Seacoast Radiology has engaged with several computer security experts and has implemented security procedural changes to keep patient data secure from unauthorized access.
In addition to procedural changes, Seacoast Radiology has contracted with ID Experts® to provide an informational toll-free number and website to answer questions about this incident. Patients with questions regarding this incident can visit www.SeacoastPrivacy.com.
This press release is in accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Seacoast Radiology, PA has notified patients, billing guarantors and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
SOURCE Seacoast Radiology