Phoenician Medical Center Cyberattack Affects Up to 162,500 Patients


Phoenician Medical Center, Inc. (PMC) has recently reported a security incident that disrupted some of its IT systems. The incident was detected on March 31, 2023, although it is unclear from the breach notifications when hackers first gained access to its network. The forensic investigation confirmed that there had been unauthorized access to files containing the protected health information of patients, some of which may have been obtained by the hackers.

On April 25, 2023, PMC confirmed the affected information included names, contact information, demographic information, date of birth, state identification numbers, medical record numbers, diagnosis and treatment information, provider name(s), date(s) of service, prescription information, and/or health insurance information. Affected patients had received medical services at PMC or its affiliated companies, Phoenix Neurological & Pain Institute, and/or Laser Surgery Center between 2016 and 2023. The breach was reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights as affecting up to 162,500 current and former patients. PMC said it will be enhancing its security protocols and technical safeguards to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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