NRAD suffers data breach involving 97,000 patients

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Nassau Radiologic Group, better known as NRAD, a 58-radiologist practice in Garden City, NY, has informed 97,000 patients that their personal information was compromised, according to a report on the Newsday website.

According to the report, the data were accessed by a formerly employed radiologist without authorization from NRAD’s billing system. NRAD advised patients in a letter that the breached information included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security information and health insurance information that included diagnosis and procedure codes.

NRAD reported the breach to the Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the article states. The Nassau police are assisting in the investigation. A practice spokesperson reported that there was no indication that the information had been shared, nor that credit cards or bank accounts were accessed.

The patient files represent about 12 percent of the practices patient files, representing encounters at 18 locations in New York’s Nassau County, including 14 outpatient imaging centers and three radiation therapy sites.

In the letters, sent in waves beginning  on June 17, the practice advised patients to immediately contact a credit bureau to initiate a fraud alert.