Unity Point Health Says 16K People Could Be Affected By Data Breach

Medical Provider Says Financial Information May Have Been Compromised

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UnityPoint Health says about 16,000 people could be affected by a data breach, with Social Security numbers and financial information possibly compromised.

Company officials say they discovered that UnityPoint Health’s email system was the victim of a phishing attack that compromised some employee email accounts.

The email accounts may have been accessed between Nov. 1 and Feb. 7. Social Security numbers and financial information may have been compromised.

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Channel 3000 reports that “dates of birth, medical record numbers, treatment information, surgical information, diagnoses, lab results, medications, providers, dates of service and insurance information were also at risk.”

In a letter to patients published by the TV station, company officials said:

“UnityPoint Health is committed to protecting your information and has taken steps to help prevent a similar event from taking place in the future. We are continually evaluating and modifying our security practices to further strengthen the protections for your personal and health information.”