Personal data not compromised in Arnprior Health unit data breach – Ottawa Citizen

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While it was initially believed that its information was not affected by the breach, it was notified April 1 that some data had, in fact, been compromised.

Arnprior Regional Health continues to investigate a data breach that was first noticed last December.
Arnprior Regional Health continues to investigate a data breach that was first noticed last December. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

The Arnprior District Family Health Team unit says personal client data was not affected by a data breach that was discovered Dec. 21, 2021.

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“While the investigation of this incident is ongoing, ADFHT has concluded that the personal health information in its electronic medical record was not compromised,” said a release by ADFHT board chair, Jay Johnston, and Karen Simpson, the organization’s executive director.

According to the release, Arnprior Regional Health, a hub for select acute, long-term care and other health services, was made aware of an unauthorized access to its IT system on Dec. 21, 2021..

ADFHT, a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board, purchases IT services and houses files on ARH’s network, and was informed by ARH of the cybersecurity incident.

According to the release, the ARH’s IT team spotted the breach quickly and took immediate steps to shut down the IT system.

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While it was initially believed that ADFHT’s information was not affected by the breach, it was notified April 1 that some ADFHT data had, in fact, been compromised.

“Given the implications of this new information, the ADFHT is continuing to work closely with ARH, their cyber experts, and all relevant authorities to determine the full extent of the exposure,” the groups said in the release.

The groups said that ADFHT would promptly notify individuals whose information might have been impacted. They will also be given details on credit monitoring and identity theft protection, if necessary.

“In the meantime, we encourage all of our patients to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities. Tips and resources for protecting your identity are available at: https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/privacy-topics/identities/identity-theft/guide_idt/

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