Penn Highlands Brookville, one of the four hospitals of DuBois, Pa.-based Penn Highlands Healthcare, is offering identity protection services to about 4,500 patients after a physicians server may have been hacked.
The patients of Barry Snyder, M.D., with an office in Fairmount City, can receive one year of protection services from Kroll Inc. In a statement, Penn Highlands said the server was compromised when a third party intruder potentially had access to information contained on the server, which is hosted offsite by an unidentified third-party vendor in Ohio.
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A forensics examination cannot verify with 100% certainty that the server was accessed, according to the hospital. Following its discovery of the incident, Penn Highlands Brookville has taken efforts to have the third party vendor remove and destroy the data contained on the affected server, and Dr. Snyders patient information has been moved to a secure server, according to the hospital notice.
The notice did not specify the number of affected patients or length of protection services but an outside attorney for the hospital confirmed the details to Health Data Management. The attorney declined to disclose the name or type of vendor involved and whether the vendor is paying remediation costs.
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