From the Wires
Notification: Ambulance Data Theft
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 29, 2012 08:00 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Data Processing, Inc., (the "Company"), a provider of technology-based services to the emergency medical services industry, learned on October 1, 2012 that individual account information from the ambulance billing system was illegally accessed, some of which was disclosed to a theft ring suspected of filing fraudulent federal tax returns with the IRS. With the Company's help, the authorities identified the employee who admitted to the crime. The employee was immediately terminated. The theft included ambulance data from the City of Corona Fire Department, City of Los Angeles, City of Berkeley, and City of El Centro.
The Company is working closely with Federal and local law enforcement agencies who are conducting a criminal investigation. The Company has also conducted its own investigation of the incident. This investigation revealed unauthorized access and, in certain instances, disclosure of personal information, which may include name, social security number, and date of birth. No medical information was accessed or disclosed. The Company sent letters by first class mail to affected individuals and has posted a notice on its website with links to information regarding the incident and resources to aid affected individuals.
The Company has a rigorous compliance program that includes new employee and annual training, background checks on new hires, and privacy and security measures designed to meet the standard of the HIPAA and HITECH Acts. As a result of this incident, the Company is reinforcing to employees the importance of the security and confidentiality of sensitive personal data.
Individuals who believe they may be affected by this incident are advised to review credit card account statements and monitor their credit report for unauthorized activity. Information and resources are available at www.myidcare.com/intersecurity.
The Company has retained ID Experts to provide information to aid affected patients who can call 1-877-264-9622 Monday through Friday from 9 am - 9 pm Eastern Time or visit www.myidcare.com/intersecurity.
This press release is in accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
SOURCE Advanced Data Processing, Inc.
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