Friday, January 21, 2022

AHN Home Infusion Notifies Patients About Vantage Healthcare Network, Inc. Data Breach

PITTSBURGH – Vantage Healthcare Network, Inc., a vendor of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network Home Infusion (AHNHI), was recently the victim of a ransomware cyber-attack. AHNHI is now working to notify patients whose data may have been improperly accessed because of the data breach.

After learning of suspicious activity occurring within certain of its systems on October 17, 2021, Vantage immediately launched an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident, including engagement of a cyber-forensic specialist. On November 22, 2021, Vantage notified AHNHI that Vantage’s investigation had determined that some of the Vantage systems that house AHNHI patient data had been accessed. Vantage further reported that its investigation indicated that some of the AHNHI data had been taken by the unknown actor. Once notified, AHNHI’s internal cyber security response team launched its own incident review, working alongside Vantage and other external cyber-forensic resources, to fully determine which patients required notification.

The patient data potentially exposed via the breach was maintained by Vantage for the administration of AHNHI’s business, including nurse’s notes, billing information, patient referral information, prescriptions, treatment and therapy records, medical device orders, and scheduling information. At this time, it is believed that only a small number of patient Social Security numbers were included in the compromised records; however, the investigation and review are ongoing. AHNHI will notify patients accordingly if their Social Security numbers were impacted and provide complimentary credit monitoring services. Independent of the attack, there is no indication currently of any actual or attempted misuse of patient information related to the incident.

“At Allegheny Health Network Home Infusion, safeguarding the privacy and security of patient information is our highest priority, and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause those we care for,” said Dan Laurent, AHN Vice President, Corporate Communications. “As part of our ongoing commitment to information security, we continue to explore and implement new measures and resources – both at AHN and with respect to our vendors – that will help further protect against this type of incident in the future.”

Vantage has assured AHNHI that it has restored its affected systems, including all the data pertaining to its home infusion patients.

AHNHI patients who have questions about the Vantage Healthcare data incident can call 855-604-1791.


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