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Forefront Dermatology, a Wisconsin-based organization with locations in 21 states and the District of Columbia, reported that a data security incident led to the potential exposure of more than 2.4 million patient records.
The intrusion, which was first identified in early June, resulted in unauthorized access to certain files on Forefront’s IT system containing patient and employee information.
“While the investigation found evidence that only a small number of patients’ information was specifically involved, Forefront Dermatology could not rule out the possibility that files containing other patients’ information may have been subject to unauthorized access,” said the company in a press statement.
WHY IT MATTERS
Although Forefront did not specify the number of individuals affected, its report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights says 2,413,553 people’s records may have been exposed.
According to the company, an investigation determined that unauthorized parties gained access to Forefront’s IT network between May 28 and June 4, when the intrusion was discovered. At that point, Forefront promptly took its network offline and notified law enforcement.The bad actors reportedly accessed certain files that contain information pertaining to some patients, possibly including names, addresses, dates of birth, account numbers, health insurance […]