Columbia Surgical Specialists of Spokane reports incident affecting 400,000 patients

On February 18,  2019, Columbia Surgical Specialists of Spokane reported a breach an incident to HHS. The incident, which appears on HHS’s public breach tool as a Hacking/IT Incident involving information on their network server, reportedly affected 400,000 patients.

That’s a large breach for the healthcare sector, and yet I’ve seen no press releases in the past 3+ weeks, and I have been unable find any notice on the entity’s web site.

So…  was this a ransomware attack or some other type of hack or attack?And was the incident somehow related to recent changes  to their patient portal?

Columbia Surgical Specialist of Spokane recently updated their patient portal, but was this related to a reported breach?

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.

March 6:   See this update.

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