Metro Infectious Disease Consultants began notifying 171,740 patients
- The physician group encompasses more than 100 infectious disease physicians in the Chicagoland area.
- It discovered on June 24 that individuals’ personal information may have been accessed when hackers breached employee email accounts, according to a news release.
- The physician group searched the breached email accounts to determine which individuals may have been affected. Exposed protected health information may include names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, medical-related data and more.
- The physician group said it promptly contained the incident and secured the email accounts to prevent further access and hired a security firm to determine the scope of the breach and find ways to enhance security.
- The physician group said it would offer identity theft protection and credit-monitoring services for individuals whose driver’s license numbers or Social Security numbers were exposed.