Marin Medical Practice Concepts remains silent about ransomware attack on patient records

Richard Halstead reports:

Officials at a Novato company that provides medical billing and electronic medical records services to many Marin physicians aren’t talking about a ransomware attack on their system this month that left doctors unable to access patient records for more than 10 days.

Lynn Mitchell, CEO of Marin Medical Practice Concepts, issued a terse email on Aug. 4 confirming that her company had paid a ransom to regain access to its data. She wrote, “To date, there is no evidence that any patient information was accessed, transferred or otherwise compromised.”

Since then, Mitchell has declined to comment on how many patient medical records were involved, how Marin Medical determined that the records weren’t compromised and whether the company reported the security breach to law enforcement or — as required by law — the state Attorney General’s Office and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We have nothing further to add at this time,” Mitchell said in an email Thursday.

 

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