93,000 patient records exposed by Pennsylvania provider

Harrisburg Gastroenterology said suspicious system activity triggered discovery that an unauthorized person could have accessed patient data.
By Tom Sullivan
02:00 PM
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Pennsylvania-based Harrisburg Gastroenterology is notifying patients that their records might have been breached. The Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights’ Wall of Shame lists the breach at 93,323 records on a network server exposed because of a hacking/IT incident.

“On March 17, 2017, following an investigation of potentially suspicious system activity, Harrisburg Gastroenterology determined that an unauthorized individual could have potentially accessed patient information,” the practice said in a notice posted on its website.

That includes patient’s names and Social Security numbers as well as clinical, diagnostic and insurance information, the organization said.

Harrisburg Gastroenterology also explained that there is no evidence that anyone actually accessed or obtained the patient information.

“To help prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future, Harrisburg Gastroenterology is enhancing its existing security measures relating to the protection of patient information,” the group said.

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