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TX: MedSpring Urgent Care notifies 13,000 patients after phishing attack

As Protenus’s Q-2 report for health data breaches in the U.S. indicates, phishing continues to account for a significant percentage of reported breaches. Here’s another phishing incident recently disclosed to HHS that will be in Protenus’s Q-3 report as affecting 13,034 patients:

July 20, 2018At MedSpring Urgent Care (MedSpring), we take the privacy and security of our patients’ information seriously. We are providing the following information in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and applicable state law to explain that a third party may have had unauthorized access to personal information about certain patients who were treated at our facilities located in Illinois.On May 8, 2018, an employee was the victim of an email phishing scam that we learned on May 17, 2018 may have resulted in unauthorized access to the employee’s email account. Email “phishing” scams involve an attempt by an unauthorized individual to obtain...(continued)
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