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Doctor-Services Firm Says Private Data of Patients Exposed

Apr 20, 2019, 3:52 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:10 pm

FILE TRUJILLO, PERU - APRIL 20: Surgeon James Brandt (3R) operates on Reis-Buckler syndrome patient Diana, aged 17, onboard the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital on April 20, 2018 in Trujillo, Peru. Reis-Buckler corneal dystrophy is a rare genetic condition which causes the Bowman's layer of the cornea to disintegrate. Diana's mother Rosa has the same syndrome and has struggled with sight loss since the age of nine. After suffering with the condition since the age of three, Diana was chosen for a penetrating keratoplasty procedure (cornea transplant) during a programme run by Orbis, the ophthalmic training organisation. Founded in 1982 by ophthalmologist David Paton, Orbis trains eyecare teams across Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve the standard of eyecare in the region. As well as working in local hospitals, the charity also has a self-sufficient surgical unit on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a converted McDonald-Douglas MD10 aircraft. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) — A company that provides billing and other services to doctors and hospitals across the U.S. says a breach exposed personal data including Social Security numbers and clinical information about some patients.

Emcare Inc. says an unauthorized third party gained access to the information through employee email accounts.

The company said Saturday that it learned Feb. 19 that the breach exposed names, dates of birth and Social Security and driver-license numbers for some patients, employees and contractors.

EmCare did not say how many people’s information was exposed.

The Dallas-based company says it doesn’t know if the personal information was taken and there’s no indication it was used for fraud or identity theft.

EmCare says it began notifying affected people on Friday. It says it’s taking additional security steps around email security.

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Doctor-Services Firm Says Private Data of Patients Exposed