Information on some Froedtert & MCW patients part of data breach
Froedtert Health disclosed that a security breach at a contractor resulted in some patient information being stolen. (Photo: Getty Images)
Froedtert Health said that some patient information may have been stolen in a security breach at one of its contractors.
The compromised information did not include Social Security numbers, identification numbers for health insurance or credit card and other financial information, according to a news release from Froedtert Health.
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians Inc. — the physician group of Froedtert Health and the Medical College — is sending letters to some of its patients about the incident.
Froedtert Health said 3,074 patients were affected.
The stolen data may include patient names, addresses, provider names, dates of patient visits and, in some instances, medical record numbers and dates of birth.
The incident occurred at Blackbaud Inc., which provides software and services used for fundraising and other services, Froedtert Health said in the news release.
Blackbaud began notifying its customers of the incident on July 16. The company said it had identified an attempted ransomware attack in progress. Blackbaud told its customers that it stopped the ransomware attack and hired forensic experts to help in its internal investigation.
The company found that some data from its systems was removed between Feb. 7, 2020, and May 20, 2020, but said it paid to ensure the data was permanently destroyed.
Blackbaud said it has hired a third-party team of experts, including a team of forensic accountants, to monitor any use of the stolen information, according to the news release.
Community Physicians is evaluating the security practices of Blackbaud and the use of the company for fundraising in the future, Froedtert Health said.
Community Physicians also has established a dedicated call center to answer any questions about the incident. Patients can call 833-689-1141 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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