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Some U of U Health patients notified of data security breach

University of Utah Health
Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 18:30:30-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Some of University of Utah Health's patients are receiving notice that their private information may have been compromised in a recent email security breach.

According to U of U Health, some of its employees' email accounts were compromised in phishing schemes, resulting in unauthorized access of those accounts between April 6 and May 22.

"The investigations determined that some patient information was contained in the email accounts, which may have included patient names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, and limited clinical information related to the care patients received at U of U Health facilities," a news release from U of U Health said. "The investigations into these incidents are ongoing but, at this time, U of U Health has no indication that patient information was misused."

The health provider promptly secured each of the affected email accounts and has been increasing its enterprise-wide information security, the news release said.

U of U Health patients whose information may have been exposed in the breach have been receiving letters from the health provider, and more letters are anticipated in the coming weeks.

Patients with questions about the data security incident can call 1-844-994-2107, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time.