NOTICE TO PATIENTS OF PRAIRIE FIELDS FAMILY MEDICINE

 

NOTICE TO PATIENTS OF

PRAIRIE FIELDS FAMILY MEDICINE

Prairie Fields Family Medicine (“Prairie Fields”) is providing this notice of a potential privacy issue involving the personal information of some of its patients. Prairie Fields has determined that the first and last names, date of birth (and age), sex, race, first language, telephone number, and certain health insurance information (i.e., the primary and (if applicable) secondary health insurance provider’s name and policy number(s)) of some Prairie Fields patients may have been compromised. No patient’s financial data (e.g., credit card or bank account numbers) or personal medical records have been compromised.

On October 1, 2018, an email from our office containing an unencrypted spreadsheet with the patient information listed above was inadvertently sent to an incorrect email address. The incident was discovered the same day. Prairie Fields has made several attempts to contact the recipient, by email, but has not received any response. Prairie Fields suspects, but cannot be certain, that the email address has been abandoned or is no longer in use. Prairie Fields has not received any indication that any patient’s personal information has been accessed or used by the unintended recipient. Nevertheless, because health insurance information was involved, Prairie Fields is recommending that the affected patients closely monitor their health insurance statements (such as explanation of benefits or “EOB” statements) for suspicious activity.

Prairie Fields has identified the specific patients whose information may have been compromised and has sent a letter to each of those patients explaining the situation. Concerned patients my contact Prairie Fields by calling 402-721-7077, sending an email message to PFFM@prairiefieldsmed.com, or sending a letter to Prairie Fields at 350 W 23rd St, Ste A, Fremont, NE  68025.

Prairie Fields has put in place additional safeguards to prevent this from happening again.



 

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