197K Patients Impacted By Health Data Theft At Physician’s Business Office

Exploit: Hacking

Risk to Business: Severe

West Virginia-based healthcare business services provider Physician’s Business Office has notified 196,573 patients that their personal data and protected health information was likely stolen during a hack of its network in April 2022. Although HIPAA provisions call for affected patients to be informed within 60 days of the incident, the company didn’t meet that deadline, saying that it was working “to collect current mailing addresses for all potentially impacted individuals.” Providers were informed in late July 2022.

Individual Risk: Severe

The stolen data could include patient names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s licenses, treatments, diagnoses, contact details, disability codes, prescription information, and health insurance account details. Patients will receive free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

Stress on your Business:

An incident like this is going to cost a fortune to fix and incur a boatload of noncompliance fines.

How Sieve can help:

If you have ever received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. To learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft contact us at 414.238.2110 or at [email protected] and we will provide you with specific tools that protect you from today’s security risks.

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