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Arnprior Regional Health Determines Arnprior and District Family Health Team Data Trapped by Computer System Breach

ARNPRIOR, Ontario, April 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jay Johnston, Chair of the Arnprior and District Family Health Team (ADFHT) Board of Directors, and Karen Simpson, CEO of the ADFHT , issued the following joint statement:

“On December 21, 2021, Arnprior Regional Health (ARH), a regional leader and hub for certain acute and long-term care and other health care services, received notification of unauthorized access to its computer system. ADFHT, a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, purchases computer services and hosts files on the WRA network, and has been notified by the WRA of the incident. of cybersecurity.

“Fortunately, the HRA IT team quickly acknowledged the unauthorized activity and took immediate action to shut down the computer system. While it was initially believed that ADFHT’s information was unaffected by the breach, we were informed on April 1, 2022 that ongoing investigations revealed that some ADFHT data had in fact been compromised. Given the implications of this new information, ADFHT continues to work closely with the ARH, its cyber experts and all competent authorities to determine the extent of the exposure.

“While the investigation into this incident is ongoing, the ADFHT has concluded that the personal health information in his electronic medical record was not compromised.

“As an organization, ADFHT takes the security of patient information very seriously. ADFHT continues to receive ongoing updates from HRA regarding the breach and we would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the ‘ARH for its transparency in ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to remedy the breach and investigate the extent of the data compromised.As required by law, ADFHT will promptly notify individuals whose information may have been impacted. They will also receive details on credit monitoring and identity theft protection, if required.

“In the meantime, we encourage all of our patients to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities. Guidance and resources to protect your identity are available at: https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/privacy-topics/identities/identity-theft/guide_idt/

“We recognize the discomfort and concern this may cause our patients. Once more information becomes available, it will be made public.”

For more information please contact:

Josie Sabatino
[email protected]
613-235-4000