Ft. Myers, Florida-based 21st Century Oncology, which operates a chain of 181 cancer treatment centers in the U.S. and Canada, has reported a breach that may have exposed information on up to 2.2 million customers.
Announced: The breach took place in October 2015, but the company was asked not to notify patients by the FBI until now. The FBI had notified the company of a possible breach back in November 2015, 21st Century Oncology executives said. (More from HealthcareITNews.)
Description of breach: According to the company, it was notified on November 13 that patient information was illegally obtained by an unauthorized third party who may have gained access to a 21st Century database containing information that may have included patients’ names, Social Security numbers, physicians’ names, diagnosis and treatment information, and insurance information. There was no evidence that any medical records were accessed.
Official information from 21st Century Oncology: https://www.21co.com/securityincident
Contact 21st Century Oncology: Customers may call 1-866-446-1405, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Help for victims: 21st Century Oncology is notifying affected victims and offering free one-year credit protection services. It also recommends that patients regularly review the explanation of benefits received from their health insurer and contact the insurer immediately about services they did not receive.