Franciscan Medical Group (FMG) is sending letters to more than 8,000 patients whose personal information may have been compromised, the Tacoma-based medical group announced.
Officials were notified Jan. 27 that “phishing” emails were sent to a small group of FMG employees who responded to the emails thinking they were legitimate requests from Catholic Health Initiatives, FMG’s parent company. FMG secured the affected email accounts and hired an outside expert forensics firm.
The investigation confirmed the emails contained patient information, which may have included demographic information, clinical information such as diagnosis and treatment received, and, in a small number of instances, Social Security numbers.
There is no evidence that the information has been used in any fraudulent way, according to a news release, but FMG began sending letters to patients Friday as a precaution. Those who think they may have been impacted but do not receive a letter by April 16 should call 877-283-6556.
FMG consists of eight area hospitals and more than 100 primary- and specialty-care clinics.