Nearly 50,000 Patients’ PHI Illegally Accessed by Cybercriminals

If you are a current or former patient of American Medical Technologies (AMT), a healthcare provider located in Irvine, California, you may be one of nearly 50,000 patients negatively affected by a recent cyberattack.

AMT, which provides long-term care programs for senior patients, discovered a data breach in December 2019 whereby hackers illegally accessed an employee’s email account.  AMT admits that this illegal activity compromised patients’ personal and health information which included patient names, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers, medical diagnosis and medical history information, health insurance policy or individual subscriber numbers, HIPAA account information, taxpayer ID numbers, medical record numbers and driver’s license/state identification numbers. 

Patients are required to share their personal and sensitive information to obtain medical treatment.  In turn, healthcare providers, such as AMT owe a duty to protect that information.  Unfortunately, AMT failed to do so when it allowed cybercriminals to access patients’ sensitive information and waited approximately five months before notifying them of the breach.  During this time, patients’ sensitive information has been exposed to cybercriminals and may soon be, it not already, fraudulently used.

Attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of data breach victims.  We are currently investigating this matter, as well as other data breaches.  If you believe that your information may have been unlawfully accessed, please contact us to discover your legal options