[ISN] Chicago-area doctors’ group announces data breach

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicagoarea-doctors-group-announces-data-breach-20140404,0,5815884.story By Mitch Smith Tribune reporter April 5, 2014 Surgical information for more than 1,200 patients may have been compromised in February when an unknown person accessed a doctor’s Gmail account, a Chicago-area physicians’ group announced Friday. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush said in a news release that names and dates of birth for 1,256 patients could have been accessed, along with descriptions, dates and instructions for their surgeries. All those patients were notified by letter this week, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush said, and the group has received no reports that the information has been misused. The breach, which was discovered around Feb. 10, did not expose patients’ financial information, the group said. “We take this situation very seriously and apologize that this incident occurred,” Dennis Viellieu, the group’s CEO, said in the news release. “Maintaining the integrity of confidential patient information is of utmost importance to us.” […]