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Possible Health Data Breach at Essentia Health

Possible Health Data Breach at Essentia Health

Updated: July 10, 2019 04:56 PM

More than 1,000 patients at Essentia Health may have had their personal health information compromised. The health care provider is notifying patients that their protected health information may have been at risk.  According to a news release from Essentia, a former third-party vendor fell victim to a phishing scam.  

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Nemadji Research Corporation assisted Essentia Health with billing services. Essentia officials say they personal health information was provided to Nemadji to help with some of their services. 

The healthcare provider wants to alert patients about the issue, so they can take steps to protect themselves. Letters were mailed to all patients who were impacted by this incident. Essentia Health says they are not aware of any actual or attempted misuse of the stolen information.

According to the news release, Nemadji recently notified Essentia Health that patient information may have been compromised during an email phishing incident.  

Statement from Essentia Health: Essentia values the trust that our patients place in us. “Please be assured that Essentia Health is taking this incident very seriously,” says Julene Brown, Essentia Health Chief Compliance Officer.  “Patient privacy is crucially important to us and we apply significant time and resources to safeguard all patient-related information. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our patients.”

All patients affected are being offered free credit monitoring services.

People with questions about the incident can call 218-786-6404, Monday through Friday, from 8: a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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