OrthoAlaska, LLC – Notice of Data Incident
Call center representatives are available Monday through Friday from 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM Alaska Time and can be reached at 1-888-861-8934
October 11, 2023 – OrthoAlaska, LLC (“OrthoAlaska”), a healthcare practice with locations in Alaska, has learned of a data security incident that may have involved the protected health information of certain OrthoAlaska patients. This notification provides information about the incident and resources available to assist potentially impacted individuals.
What Happened? On October 12, 2022, OrthoAlaska learned of unusual activity within its network environment. In response, OrthoAlaska took immediate steps to secure its systems. OrthoAlaska then promptly began an investigation into this activity and engaged leading, independent cybersecurity experts to help with its response to, and investigation of, the unusual activity identified. OrthoAlaska recently learned that personal information belonging to certain patients may have been accessed without authorization during the course of this incident. OrthoAlaska then worked diligently to evaluate potentially impacted data elements, confirm identities of potentially impacted individuals, and set up complimentary services being provided. That process was completed on September 13, 2023. Please note that OrthoAlaska has no evidence that any potentially impacted information has been misused.
What Information Was Involved? The following protected health information varied between individuals but may have potentially been involved in the incident: first name or first initial and last name in combination with one or more of the following: date of birth, address, Social Security number, health insurance, and medical information.
What Is OrthoAlaska Doing? Data privacy and security are among OrthoAlaska’s highest priorities. OrthoAlaska has taken steps to help prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future. In addition, OrthoAlaska has provided notice of this incident to potentially impacted individuals. The notice that was provided included information about the incident and about steps that potentially impacted individuals can take to help protect their personal information. OrthoAlaska has also established a toll-free call center to answer questions about the incident. Call center representatives are available Monday through Friday from 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM Alaska Time and can be reached at 1-888-861-8934.
What You Can Do. OrthoAlaska encourages individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, to review account statements and explanations of benefits forms, and to monitor free credit reports for suspicious activity and to detect errors.
The privacy and security of all personal and protected health information is a top priority for OrthoAlaska, and we deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause.
OrthoAlaska is also providing the following information to help those who want to know more about steps they can take to protect themselves and their personal information:
What steps can I take to protect my personal information?
Please notify your financial institution immediately if you detect any suspicious activity on any of your accounts, including unauthorized transactions or new accounts opened in your name that you do not recognize. You should also promptly report any fraudulent activity or any suspected incidents of identity theft to proper law enforcement authorities.
You can request a copy of your credit report, free of charge, directly from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. To do so, free of charge once every 12 months, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll free at 1-877-322-8228. Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting agencies is listed at the bottom of this page.
You can take steps recommended by the Federal Trade Commission to protect yourself from identify theft. The FTC’s website offers helpful information at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.
How do I obtain a copy of my credit report?
You may obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies once every 12 months by visiting http://www.annualcreditreport.com/, calling toll-free 877-322-8228, or by completing an Annual Credit Report Request Form and mailing it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348. You also can contact one of the following three agencies:
|Equifax P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374 1-800-525-6285 www.equifax.com
|Experian P.O. Box 9532 Allen, TX 75013 1-888-397-3742 www.experian.com
|TransUnion P.O. Box 1000 Chester, PA 19016 1-800-916-8800 www.transunion.com
How do I put a fraud alert on my account?
You may want to consider placing a fraud alert on your credit report. An initial fraud alert is free and will stay on your credit file for one year. The alert informs creditors of possible fraudulent activity within your report and requests that the creditor contact you prior to establishing any accounts in your name. To place a fraud alert on your credit report, contact any of the three credit reporting agencies identified above. Additional information is available at http://www.annualcreditreport.com.
How do I put a security freeze on my credit reports?
You have the right to place a security freeze on your credit report. A security freeze is intended to prevent credit, loans and services from being approved in your name without your consent. To place a security freeze on your credit report, you need to make a request to each consumer reporting agency. You may make that request by certified mail, overnight mail, or regular stamped mail, or online by following the instructions found at the websites listed below. You will need to provide the following information when requesting a security freeze (note that if you are making a request for your spouse, this information must be provided for him/her as well): (1) full name, with middle initial and any suffixes; (2) Social Security number; (3) date of birth; and (4) address. You may also be asked to provide other personal information such as your email address, a copy of a government-issued identification card, and a copy of a recent utility bill or bank or insurance statement. It is essential that each copy be legible, display your name and current mailing address, and the date of issue. There is no charge to place, lift, or remove a freeze.
|Equifax Security Freeze
PO Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348
|Experian Security Freeze
PO Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
PO Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022
What should I do if my family member’s information was involved in the incident and is deceased?
You may choose to notify the three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, and request they flag the deceased credit file. This will prevent the credit file information from being used to open credit. To make this request, mail a copy of your family member’s death certificate to each company at the addresses below.
|Equifax Equifax Information Services P.O. Box 105169, Atlanta, GA 30348
|Experian Experian Information Services P.O. Box 9701 Allen, TX 75013
|TransUnion Trans Union Information Services P.O. Box 2000 Chester, PA 19022
What should I do if my minor child’s information is involved in the incident?
You can request that each of the three national credit reporting agencies perform a manual search for a minor’s Social Security number to determine if there is an associated credit report. Copies of identifying information for the minor and parent/guardian may be required, including birth or adoption certificate, Social Security card and government issued identification card. If a credit report exists, you should request a copy of the report and immediately report any fraudulent accounts to the credit reporting agency. You can also report any misuse of a minor’s information to the FTC at https://www.identitytheft.gov/. For more information about Child Identity Theft and instructions for requesting a manual Social Security number search, visit the FTC website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0040-child-identity-theft. Contact information for the three national credit reporting agencies may be found above.