More than 500,000 Marylanders may be affected by a recent data breach at LifeBridge Health and LifeBridge Potomac Professionals.
The company reported the discovery of a breach of the server hosting patient registration, billing information, and electronic health records and social security numbers on March 18.
LifeBridge said it immediately began an investigation which determined that an unauthorized person accessed the server through LifeBridge Potomac Professionals on Sept. 27, 20016, leaving a piece of malware that could access patient information.
The company doesn't believe any information has been misused so far, but as a precaution they began contacting patients on May 15, 2018, and they've established a call center to answer questions.
"We recommend patients review any billing statements or explanation of benefits statements for services," LifeBridge said in a statement. "If you see services that you did not receive, contact the provider or insurer immediately. For those patients whose social security numbers were included, we are offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity protection services."
For those who think they may be exposed or want additional information, call 1-855-789-0909, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST.