“We regret the inconvenience to the patients and urge patients who received the letter to take advantage of this free identity theft protection service,” said Alicia Park, a spokeswoman for Englewood Hospital.The scope of the breach is currently unknown. As North Jersey reports, Medical Management LLC maintains 40 contracts with providers across the nation. These include White Plains Hospital in New York and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, both of which have warned thousands of their patients that their records may have been stolen.
“MML is cooperating with federal law enforcement authorities in their criminal investigation,” the company said in letters sent to patients.This incident marks the latest breach to strike the healthcare sector. Earlier this week, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced that it notified 1.1 million customers after it discovered that hackers had successfully infiltrated a corporate database. This announcement came just months after Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the United States, confirmed that its servers had been breached. Given the rise of security incidents in the medical industry, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has created a website that maintains a record of all healthcare-related breaches that affect at least 500 patients. That breach portal can be accessed here.