NBC 10 I-Team: Patient information compromised in local data breach

University Gastroenterology, which has 19 offices across Rhode Island, says patient data was compromised in a data breach. (WJAR)

The NBC 10 I-Team has learned patients' personal information was exposed in a data breach at a local doctor's office.

It happened at University Gastroenterology (UGI), which has 19 offices across Rhode Island.

According to a notice from UGI, the breach happened in July, but impacted patients are just now being notified.

UGI said an unauthorized individual gained access to an electronic file containing patient names, addresses, birthdays, Social Security numbers and medical billing information. The individual then encrypted that information so UGI could no longer access it.

UGI said all of the encrypted files come from Consultants in Gastroenterology, a practice UGI acquired in 2014. Patients whose information was compromised have been notified.

UGI set up a call center to assist those patients at 844-575-7459, and they're offering free identity protection through Equifax.

UGI said it is also securing its servers, adding enhanced malware protection to prevent this from happening again.

It said at this point, it doesn't appear that any of the information that was compromised has been misused, but the company still wants patients to be vigilant.

You can find complete information about the data breach and how to protect your identity here: http://universitygi.com/securityincident.pdf

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