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UPDATE – Regional Health determines that Arnprior and District Family Health Team data has been impacted by computer system breach

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ARNPRIOR, Ontario, May 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arnprior and District Family Health Team (ADFHT) Board Chair Jay Johnston and ADFHT Executive Director Karen Simpson have released the following joint statement:

“On December 21, 2021, Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) became aware of unauthorized access to their computer system. As a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, ADFHT purchases computer services and hosts its files on the FRA network. We were notified by HRA of the cybersecurity incident and were initially told that our information was not affected.

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Unfortunately, on April 1, 2022, ongoing investigations revealed that some ADFHT data had in fact been compromised. The ADFHT had concluded, when the breach occurred, that the personal health information contained in his electronic medical record had not been compromised, which was reconfirmed by cybercrime experts retained to conduct a thorough investigation. on the case.

In partnership with the ARH, we are now notifying individuals in the following categories that their information may have been affected:

  • Those on a doctor’s waiting list with the Family Health Team from 2010 to 2022;
  • Patients of Dr McBride in August 2007 or March 2011, Dr Robson in June 2017, Dr Villis or Dr Kiskis in July 2018, or patients of Arnprior Medical Group in July 2020; and,
  • People contacted for the flu vaccination clinic in 2017 or 2019-2020.

Patients in these categories may have had access to some of their personal data. This could include name, contact information, date of birth, health card number or certain personal health information.

Further information on these categories and who may be affected, as well as what to do if you think you belong to one of these categories is now published on the ARH website: https://www.arnpriorregionalhealth.ca/incident/

Persons may belong to more than one category due to file overlap. Please also note that if your personal information with the ADFHT has been impacted other than in the categories published on the ARH website, then you will receive an individual notification.

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As an organization, ADFHT takes the security of patient information very seriously and it is treated as our highest priority. We worked closely with ARH and their internal and external IT experts. ARH has invested in state-of-the-art technologies to protect our IT system and mutual data against ever-increasing cybersecurity threats.

In conjunction with ARH, we have set up a dedicated call center for this incident to answer any questions patients may have and can be contacted at: 1-833-806-1882

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has been notified of the breach. To file a complaint, please visit: https://www.ipc.on.ca/resources/forms/

We recognize the discomfort and concern this may cause our patients, and once again reiterate our commitment to protecting our systems and patient information from cybersecurity threats.

For more information please contact:

Josie Sabatino
[email protected]
613-235-4000

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