Premier Medical Associates reports data breach

Ben Schmitt reports:

Monroeville-based Premier Medical Associates, owned by Highmark Health, on Friday reported a data breach involving 900 patients and visitors to its website.

The incident did not involve electronic health records system or its patient portal, according to a press release.

Website visitors who submitted information through the “Contact us” portion of Premier Medical Associates’s website may have been exposed to the breach.

“PMA’s investigation also found that several public search engines, including Google and Bing, crawled PMA’s website as part of their routine activities and retrieved the visitor’s submissions,” a press release said.

Premier said it first learned of the possible breach on Aug. 9, and it may have dated back to July 24.

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