OAKLAND, Calif., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 2, 2015, we were contacted by the Berkeley Police Department regarding an employee. During the course of their investigation on an unrelated matter, an officer identified that a patient list was on the employee's personal laptop. This list was created as part of the employee's duties for cataloguing our 2012 records. The laptop was retained at Berkeley PD and the officer contacted East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates (EBPMA). The extent of the information pertaining to EBPMA was determined, and this information was permanently deleted from the employee's hard drive by EBPMA's Information Technology Security Consultant.
We are announcing this incident because although there is no evidence of fraudulent use, the document contained patients who saw us in 2012's first and last name, and date of birth. Significantly and fortunately, no Social Security numbers, financial information, contact nor medical information was listed.
Please be assured that we have taken every step necessary to address the incident. We have re-trained our employees on our patient security practices, and have specifically addressed the matter with the employee. Though there does not appear to be any risk for identity theft, you may want to call the three major credit agencies and place a 90 day fraud alert. If so desired, their contact information is Equifax (1-888-766-0008; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374), Experian (1-888-397-3742; P.O. Box 4500, Allen, TX 75013), and TransUnion (800-680-7289; P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022-2000). You are also entitled to a free credit report every year from each of these agencies at www.annualcreditreport.com. Additionally, we will provide affected patients with identity theft protection at no cost to them for 1 year through Kroll.
Again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We understand how important confidentiality and trust is to our physician-patient relationship. Please feel free to contact 1-855-205-6940 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday) or the above postal address to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. We have secured the services of Kroll, a global leader in risk mitigation and response, to assist us in this matter.
East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates
350 30th Street, #208
Oakland, CA 94609
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