Patient data from Lamoille Health Partners were compromised in a ransomware attack. The incident came to light when the staff could not access the files on the Lamoille network. Upon investigation, it was found that the cyber attack took place between June 12 and June 13, 2022. Patient names, addresses, dates of birth, and medical information were accessed by the cybercriminals. Furthermore, the hackers even pulled information related to the patient’s medical history and health insurance.
Preventive measures were taken after the Attack on the Lamoille network
Lamoille Health Partners have notified the affected parties about the attack. It has also sent letters to the affected parties as of August 11. When the incident was first reported, the company took all the necessary actions to secure its systems and prevent further damage. It also contacted the law enforcement agencies and took assistance from an independent cybersecurity firm. To determine the impact of the attack, it felt it was imperative to know the exact victims of the incident. As a security measure, the firm has reviewed all the affected files.
ITRC Statistics on Ransomware Attacks
The attacks on the healthcare sector could lead to healthcare identity theft which means the victims’ information could be misused to receive health insurance reimbursement, file fraudulent claims, purchase drugs, and so on. Stolen user credentials can lead to more connected information like the victim’s social security number. According to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), ransomware attacks in the U.S. doubled between the years 2020 and 2021. Over 41 million people were affected by ransomware attacks in 2021 alone in only 321 attacks.
Branches of Lamoille Health Partners
Lamoille Health Partners is a healthcare provider in Vermont. It treats over 19,000 patients for dentistry, family medicine, pediatrics, and behavioral wellness, among others. It also provides services in six locations including Lamoille Health Family Medicine at Morrisville and Stowe, Lamoille Health Pediatrics, Community Health Pharmacy, Lamoille Health Behavioral Health and Wellness, and Lamoille Health Family Dentistry.