The data breach at medical transcription company Perry Johnson & Associates affected about nine million patients, nearly half of whom live in New York and Syracuse, it says NBC New York.
Northwell Health and Crouse Health were among the two health care providers affected by the data breach, according to New York Attorney General Letitia James. Those whose data was compromised were notified, James said.
The Attorney General urged anyone who received the notice to be alert and take the necessary steps to prevent identity theft.
Perry Johnson & Associates, which provides patient transcription services to healthcare providers and doctors, learned of the hack in May, James said. The company said some of the information leaked included Social Security numbers, as well as insurance and clinical data from medical records.
“I encourage all New Yorkers affected by this data breach to remain vigilant and take important steps to protect themselves,” James said. – Attackers can use stolen information to impersonate other people or cause financial damage. Identity theft is a serious problem, and my office will continue to take action to keep New Yorkers safe.”
James's office offered a list of steps people can take to protect themselves if they are injured, including:
- monitor loans;
- place a fraud alert on your credit report;
- obtain copies of medical documents;
- dispute unacknowledged medical bills;
- inform insurance companies.
Anyone who has been a victim of theft should consider filing a report with the Federal Trade Commission FTC online or by phone at 877-438-4338.