Ruben U. Carvajal, MD Provides Notice to Individuals of Data Security Event

Ruben U. Carvajal, MD recently discovered an incident that may impact certain Ruben U. Carvajal, MD patient information.

On January 3, 2018, Dr. Carvajal received a report that certain Ruben U. Carvajal, MD patient information may have been accessible on the internet.  Upon receiving this report, Dr. Carvajal initiated an internal investigation and contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the New York Police Department (NYPD).  On January 18, 2018, the FBI came to his office and examined his computer. On February 13, 2018, the FBI told Dr. Carvajal that his electronic medical records (“EMR”) program had been subject to unauthorized access.  Dr. Carvajal is also working with a forensic investigator to determine the full nature and scope of the incident.  Through this investigation, on May 22, 2018, Dr. Carvajal determined that there was unauthorized access to his computer between December 16, 2017 and January 3, 2018.  While the investigation was unable to confirm whether the EMR program was subject to unauthorized access, it would have been accessible to anyone who accessed his computer.

After conducting a comprehensive forensic investigation into the incident and reviewing his EMR program, Dr. Carvajal recently confirmed that the following types of patient information were accessible to the unauthorized actor: name, address, date of birth, medical history, diagnosis/conditions, lab/test results, treatment information, medications, health insurance information, and/or claims information.  In addition, if patients receive Medicare, their Medicare ID which is also their Social Security number may have been subject to unauthorized access.

On or about July 17, 2018, Dr. Carvajal began mailing notification letters to the potentially impacted patients for whom Dr. Carvajal had address information, and is offering affected individuals complimentary access to credit monitoring and identity protection services.  In addition to working with law enforcement and a third-party forensic investigator to conduct an investigation, Dr. Carvajal is working to take additional steps to strengthen the security of his systems.

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