Delaware Oncology Practice Acknowledges Ransomware Attack that Went Unnoticed for a Month | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Delaware Oncology Practice Acknowledges Ransomware Attack that Went Unnoticed for a Month

September 6, 2017
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, a Newark, Del.-based oncology practice, has notified patients that it discovered a ransomware attack that targeted certain electronic files in the organization.

According to reports, the attack potentially impacted the records of more than 19,000 patients. The oncology group posted a privacy notice to its website, saying that the breach occurred on June 17, yet was not discovered until July 7—nearly a month later.

The notice stated that “the affected files contained certain data elements of personal information for the practice’s patients, such as names, dates of birth, phone numbers, health information, and treatment information.”

The practice said that it engaged the assistance of third-party experts to assist them in recovering the affected data and to help investigate whether the breached information was used or disclosed by the unauthorized parties. “The practice is not aware of any improper use, disclosure, or acquisition of, or access or compromise to, the information contained in the affected files,” according to the notice.

What’s more, the organization said that since the attack, it has taken a number of actions to prevent an incident like this from happening again, such as: resetting network passwords; restoring servers; hiring a forensic expert to evaluate what happened; conducting additional security training for its employees; and implementing a two-factor login authentication system.

Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants is an eight-physician practice and is the largest infusion treatment center in Delaware, its officials say.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Survey: Infrastructure, Interoperability Key Barriers to Global HIT Development

A new survey report from Black Book Research on global healthcare IT adoption and records systems connectivity finds nations in various phases of regional electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The survey results also reveal rapidly advancing opportunities for U.S.-based and local technology vendors.

Penn Medicine Opens Up Telehealth Hub

Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine has opened its Center for Connected Care to centralize the health system’s telemedicine activities.

Roche to Pay $1.9B for Flatiron Health

Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Roche has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to buy New York-based Flatiron Health Inc., which has both an oncology EHR and data analytics platform.

Financial Exec Survey: Interoperability Key Obstacle to Value-Based Payment Models

Momentum continues to grow for value-based care as nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives report their organizations have achieved positive financial results from value-based payment programs, to date, according to a new study from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Cerner, Children's National to Help UAE Pediatric Center with Health IT

Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital, the only pediatric hospital in the United Arab Emirates, has entered into an agreement with Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Health System to form a health IT strategic partnership.

Telemedicine Association Names New CEO

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has named Ann Mond Johnson its new CEO, replacing Jon Linkous who stepped down suddenly last August after 24 years as the organization’s CEO.