Family health

Arnprior and District Family Health Team victim of computer breach

The Arnprior Regional Health team acknowledged the unauthorized activity and immediately attempted to shut down the cybersecurity incident.

The Arnprior and District Family Health Team (ADFHT) is the latest victim of a cybersecurity breach in its information technology (IT) system which took place on December 21, 2021.

ADFHT purchases computer services from Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) and uses its network to run its systems and store files.

ARH acknowledged unauthorized access to its computer system and took steps to shut down the system immediately.

Although they originally thought no data had been stolen, they discovered on April 1, 2022 that some data had in fact been compromised.

With this new information, ADFHT continues to work with HRA to determine the full extent of the incident.

“While the investigation into this incident is ongoing, the ADFHT has concluded that the personal health information contained in its electronic medical record has not been compromised,” said Jay Johnston, chairman of the board of directors. of the ADFHT and Karen Simpson, Executive Director of the ADFHT, in a joint press release. “As required by law, ADFHT will promptly notify individuals whose information may have been impacted.”

ADFHT encourages its patients to report suspicious activity to the authorities and indicates that tips and resources for protecting an individual’s identity are available at https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/privacy-topics/identities/identity-theft/guide_idt/.