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Advantage Dental says patient records were breached
Advantage Dental of Redmond began telling nearly 200,000 patients on Monday that the companys internal database of patient information was hacked in late February.
The company sent notices to 151,626 patients after the breach was discovered and shutdown. The personal patient protected health information may have been compromised during the hack between Feb. 23 and 26. The companys intrusion detection system discovered the unauthorized access. The company said intruders had access to patients names, dates of birth, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and home addresses. No treatment, payment or any other financial data was accessed, according to the company.
Advantage Dental was founded in 1994 by a group of Oregon dentists who were concerned with the lack of access to dental care in rural areas. Advantage Dental has more than 322 owners, more than 30 Advantage dental clinics, with about 400 employees around the state.
Advantage has implemented steps to prevent further access and has been working with law enforcement to properly determine the scope of the incident and any additional steps that might be required. At this time, there has not been any indication that the stolen information has been used for criminal activity, to include identity theft.
Advantage has offered their resources as well as credit monitoring and call center support through credit-reporting company Experian. Affected patients will receive a letter with details on how to sign up for the services. In addition, patients can check Advantage's website, www.advantagedental.com.