Athens optometrist reports data breach

Affected patients have been notified

Five Points Eye Care in Athens is reporting a data breach: the facility on South Milledge Avenue says the unauthorized access of its computer network occurred in late October and was reported to law enforcement.

From Five Points Eye Care…

At Five Points Eye Care, patient care is at the center of their mission and they take seriously the confidentiality of the patient information they hold. In this regard, on October 27, 2020, an unauthorized person accessed their computer network, which they discovered on the same day. The access was limited to correspondence sent to their office from other treating physicians. The correspondence may have included name, date of birth, social security number, address, medications, and treatment plan. The correspondence did not include any other sensitive or confidential information.

At this time, there is no indication patients’ personal information was improperly used. This incident was reported to law enforcement. Five Points Eye Care consulted with an IT professional and conducted a computer investigation to ensure the unauthorized person did not view any additional information.

To guard against such an event occurring again, Five Points Eye Care worked with the IT professional to increase their computer security and protect their system from unauthorized persons. Affected patients have been notified and have been offered one year of free credit monitoring.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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