Data breach at Owensboro medical practice

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - An Owensboro medical group is investigating a data breach after learning that former employees allegedly stole information from about 3,000 patients.

Officials say they're doing everything they can to protect their patients.

Director of Research for Owensboro Medical Practice, Timothy Hillard, says he found out former employees of Doctor Vora allegedly stole patient information three years ago.

Hillard believes the employees left to start their own business using the stolen information to contact patients to join them.

The medical group has since contacted its attorneys and began sending out letters to people whose information was taken.

Health and Human Services is now investigating after the group inquired about a possible HIPPA violation.

Lawsuits are also expected to be filed.

"Even if it was one patient, that one patient's information is highly important to us and not the entire medical records were taken but demographics such as name, date of birth, age, social security number, which is, you know, very concerning to us."

Doctor Vora's office says they aren't involved in any wrongdoing- just the former employees.

Owensboro Medical Practice and Research Integrity say if you did get a letter saying that your account has been affected, put a fraud alert on your credit cards.

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