/C O R R E C T I O N -- Key Dental Group, PA/
In the news release, HIPAA Security Incident, issued 19-Nov-2018 by Key Dental Group, PA over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that due to HIPPA requirements, Key Dental Group has added information regarding the 4,000 patient records in the EMR database being withheld from the company following the agreement termination, as well as information about an emergency injunction in the United States District Court - Southern District of Florida, both of which were not included in the original release distributed. The complete, corrected release follows:
HIPAA Security Incident
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Nov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 19, 2018 Key Dental Group, PA (Pembroke Pines, FL) received notification from its former electronic medical record vendor MOGO (414 Plaza Drive, Suite 200
Westmont, IL 60559 www.mogo.com) that MOGO would not be returning Key Dental Group PA's electronic medical record (EMR) database containing an estimated 4000 patient records as required at the termination of the end user license agreement (EULA) between the two companies. MOGO's decision appears to violate both the EULA it had in place with Key Dental Group, PA and also various portions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/faq/2074/may-a-business-associate-of-a-hipaa-covered-entity-block-or-terminate-access/index.html).
As a result of MOGO's decision which was conveyed in a letter from MOGO's attorney on October 19, 2018, Key Dental Group can no longer access or monitor the KDG-MOGO database to ensure that unauthorized parties do not gain access to the database and the potential information contained within it including: name, address, date of birth, medical history, diagnosis/conditions, lab/test results, treatment information, medications, health insurance information, and/or claims information. In addition, if patients receive Medicare, their Medicare ID which is also their Social Security number could be subject to unauthorized access. While Key Dental Group cannot definitively say that unauthorized access has or will occur to this database, given the apparent violations of various portions of HIPAA triggered by MOGO's actions and the sensitivity of the information the database contains, Key Dental Group, PA is publicly notifying its patients at this time of this incident.
Key Dental Group, PA encourages potentially impacted individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, to review account statements, and to monitor their credit reports and explanation of benefits forms for suspicious activity. Key Dental Group, PA is providing potentially impacted individuals with contact information for the three major credit reporting agencies, as well as providing advice on how to obtain free credit reports and how to place fraud alerts and security freezes on their credit files. The relevant contact information is below:
P.O. Box 105069
P.O. Box 2002
P.O. Box 2000
Atlanta, GA 30348
Allen, TX 75013
Chester, PA 19016
Potentially impacted individuals may also find information regarding identity theft, fraud alerts, security freezes and the steps they may take to protect their information by contacting the credit bureaus, and the Federal Trade Commission. The Federal Trade Commission can be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; www.identitytheft.gov; 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261.
Key Dental Group, PA has filed an Emergency Injunction in the United States District Court â€" Southern District of Florida (CASE NO.: 0:18-cv-62554-BB) requesting the return of the database and has also set up a call center to answer questions from those who might be impacted by this incident. Anyone with additional questions about the incident may contact the call center at 1-844-884-9771 (toll-free), Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT. Key Dental Group, PA values patients' privacy and security and deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause.
Key Dental Group, PA values patients' privacy and security and deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause.
SOURCE Key Dental Group, PA