The data breach leaves millions of people vulnerable to identity theft as well as open to financial fraud.
Data breach impacts millions of patients
21st Century Oncology is a cancer care company with 145 treatment centers in 17 states and employs or is affiliated with more than 900 doctors globally, including radiation oncologists and other cancer-related specialists such as urologist, oncologists, hematologists, surgeons and pathologists.
21st Century Oncology claims that the FBI notified the company of the breach on Nov. 13, 2015 and upon further investigation, it was determined that the breach occurred on Oct. 3, 2015. Reports indicate that an estimated 2.2 million of its current and former patients across the United States have been impacted.
Patients started receiving letters from the company notifying them of the breach in March 2016.
21st Century Oncology’s History
It is reported that the company has had previous allegedly improper dealings, including resolving a claim with a whistleblower in December for $19.75 million regarding claims of improper billing for bladder cancer tests, and earlier in 2016, reaching a $34.7 million settlement for claims related to improper radiation testing.
Bradenton Herald (March 24, 2016): Four class- action suits filed against 21st Century Oncology, cancer treatment center with offices in Manatee County
News-Press (March 10, 2016): Data breach affects 2.2M 21st Century Oncology patients
21st Century Oncology Press Release (March 4, 2016): 21st Century Oncology Notifies Patients of Data Security Incident, Offers Protection