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OAKLAND — Regional Eye Associates Inc. and Surgical Eye Center of Morgantown have learned that their third-party vendor, used for electronic medical records, had a breach that may involve personal health information.

Notification of this breach was provided on March 1, and letters have been sent to affected individuals.

The incident involved an individual who gained access to the third-party vendor’s system Dec. 4. This individual deleted several databases between the hours of 7: 18 p.m. and 10: 13 p.m. before being discovered and locked out of the system. At this time, there is no evidence that personal health information was exfiltrated, but the investigation is ongoing.

Since it can’t be guaranteed that data has not been exfiltrated, the businesses are advising their patients or anyone who believes they have been affected by this breach to take the following steps:

• Call the toll-free numbers of any of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit report.

• Order your credit reports.

• Continue to monitor your credit reports.

As previously stated, the third-party vendor is currently conducting an investigation into this breach. Regional Eye Associates and Surgical Eye Center are working closely with them during the forensic investigation.

To protect against such breaches in the future, the vendor has implemented technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect against future attacks. This includes reviewing and updating access controls, permissions and data storage security procedures.

The businesses have established a hotline at 1-681-668-0032. If anyone has any questions or wishes to get more information because they believe they have been affected by this incident, they should utilize this hotline.

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