Doctors’ Center Hospital Announces Data Breach Affecting Over One Million Patients

Console and Associates, P.C.

On November 9, 2022, Doctors’ Center Hospital reported a data breach with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, after the company learned that an unauthorized party was able to gain access to sensitive patient information. While Doctors’ Center Hospital has not yet posted notice of the breach on its website, based on the company’s filing with the Office for Civil Rights, it would appear that the breach resulted in patients’ protected health information being compromised. Recently, Doctors’ Center Hospital sent out data breach letters to all affected parties, informing them of the incident and what they can do to protect themselves from identity theft and other frauds.

If you received a data breach notification from Doctors’ Center Hospital, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. As a data breach victim, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of identity theft. You also have rights, including the right to pursue a data breach lawsuit against any company that negligently leaks your information. To learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft and what your legal options are in the wake of the Doctors’ Center Hospital data breach, please see our recent piece on the topic here.

What We Know About the Doctors’ Center Hospital Data Breach

The available information regarding the Doctors’ Center Hospital breach comes from the company’s filing with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights. However, the HHS-OCR data breach portal only provides limited information about the incident. For example, the breach resulted from a “Hacking/IT incident” involving one of the company’s network servers. It is believed that the Doctors’ Center Hospital affected the personal information of 1,195,220 people.

Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was made available to an unauthorized party, Doctors’ Center Hospital began to review the affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted. While the breached information usually varies depending on the individual, it very likely includes your protected health information.

On November 9, 2022, Doctors’ Center Hospital sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.

Founded in 1959, Doctors’ Center Hospital is a healthcare network based in Puerto Rico. Doctors’ Center Hospital initially opened with just 13 beds but has grown to be one of the largest health systems in Puerto Rico. The Doctors’ Center Hospital system has hospitals, emergency centers, clinics and specialty centers across Puerto Rico, including in San Juan, Bayamon, San Fernando de la Carolina and Manatí. Doctors’ Center Hospital generates approximately $69 million in annual revenue.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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