Personal data of Franciscan St. Francis patients exposed in data breach
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2015)– A major data breach in central Indiana includes patients at Franciscan St. Frances Health in Indianapolis. According to the Associated Press, hackers stole information from Fort Wayne based Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), a medical software company.
The breach occurred for almost 20 days before it was detected.
The hacking has exposed patient names, addresses, health records, birth dates and social security numbers.
Experts say people should consider freezing their credit and following three simple steps to reduce their risk of ID theft:
- Don’t carry your social security card.
- Don’t share your personal information via email, text, or phone.
- Protect your personal computer; don’t open any emails from unknown accounts.
MIE is offering patients free credit monitoring for the next two years. You can call 866-328-1987 to learn more.