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While the investigation did not reveal any evidence of malicious intent, the information that may have been viewed by the employee included: name, date of birth, social security number, address, phone number, email address, medical conditions, diagnoses, medications, dates of service, visit notes, results and appointment information.
“Geisinger is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients and members so we are actively exploring additional safeguards to protect our patients from a similar incident in the future,” Geisinger Assistant Privacy Officer, Deb Beaver. “We have no reason to believe the information was accessed to commit financial fraud or harm; however, out of an abundance of caution we are providing affected patients one year of identity theft protection free of charge.”
Detailed credit monitoring and identity theft protection enrollment instructions were provided to affected patients in their notification letters.
For inquires, Geisinger has established a toll-free number at 888-559-9945 which is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (eastern standard time) Monday thru Friday.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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