Posted On March 28, 2023 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 28, 2023 – Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, LLC (ADMS) discovered that a third party was able to access private patient information contained on the business’s computer network on March 23, 2023, and as a result, the company filed a complaint of data breach with the Attorney General of Massachusetts. According to the company’s filing, the event led to unauthorized access to consumer information, including names, birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers, health insurance information, medical diagnoses and treatments, and prescription information. After confirming that customer data had been compromised, ADMS started notifying everyone who had been affected by the recent data security issue.
The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Atlantic Dialysis Management Services data breach. We are providing free consultations where we can go over your legal options for collecting compensation from ADMS if you have gotten a breach notification and are curious about the dangers of identity theft and what you can do to protect yourself.
Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, LLC is a healthcare organization in College Point, New York. The ADMS builds new dialysis treatment facilities and offers assistance to existing ones. Nephrologists can also get practice management services from ADMS. There are many locations affiliated with ADMS, including Newton Dialysis Center, Ridgewood Dialysis Center, Astoria Dialysis Center, Eat End Management Services, and many more. With about 227 employees, Atlantic Dialysis Management Services has an annual revenue of over $65 million.
Several sources—including the company’s filing with the Attorney General of Massachusetts and a notice on its website—claim that ADMS discovered irregular activities on their computer network on June 9, 2022. After securing its network in response, the business hired a third-party forensics company to help it look into the event and figure out whether any patient data was accessed. The ADMS investigation proved that one or more unauthorized individuals had access to specific files on the business’s network that contained private patient information.
Atlantic Dialysis Management Services started looking through the affected files after learning that private consumer information had been made available to an unauthorized party. This was done to ascertain what information had been hacked and whose customers were impacted, such as names, birth dates. addresses, Social Security numbers, health insurance information, medical diagnoses and treatments, and prescription information; however, the specifics depend on the person.
In response to the current data security incident, Atlantic Dialysis Management Services mailed data breach notifications to every person whose information was exposed on March 23, 2023.
If you receive a notice of a data breach from ADMS, it implies your personal information was included in the data breach. Your name, Social Security number, and other sensitive information may now be in the hands of an unknown entity.
Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, LLC is a trusted company, and one wouldn’t think twice about giving their private information, expecting that it would be secure. This data breach throws into question whether ADMS was prepared or proactive in its security procedures. ADMS may have been a victim of the breach as well, but they are also the first and last line of defense against hackers trying to obtain personal consumer information. If any evidence comes to light of negligence on the part of ADMS in its security measures, such as antiquated technology, you may be entitled to financial compensation from ADMS.
The consumer privacy lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. help customers affected by data and security breaches pursue legal solutions by offering free consultations. By explaining your rights in clear, concise terms, we help you make an informed decision about your next steps. If you are a victim of the Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, LLC data breach, Console & Associates, P.C. will investigate at no charge to you and offer advice on how to proceed. If you decide to pursue a case, rest assured that we don’t get paid unless you do. If your claim is successful, legal fees are either paid out of the funds recovered or by the defendant. If your claim is not successful, you pay nothing.
Below is a portion of the notice posted on their website:
[August 5, 2022] – On June 9, 2022, Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, LLC (“ADMS”) discovered certain unauthorized activity within its computer systems. Upon discovery, ADMS immediately secured its network, reset passwords, and engaged a third-party forensic firm to investigate the incident. Following a thorough investigation, ADMS confirmed that a limited amount of patient information may have been accessed in connection with this incident. However, at this time, there is no indication whatsoever that any information has been misused or will be in the future.
The type of information contained within the affected data included patient names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, medical diagnosis and treatment information, health insurance information, and prescription information. Importantly, the information potentially impacted may vary for each individual, and may include all, or just one, of the above-listed types of information.
At this time, ADMS is not aware of any evidence to suggest that any information has been misused. However, ADMS was unable to rule out the possibility that the information could have been accessed. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, ADMS has partnered with third-party computer forensic company to perform a thorough review of the affected information to identify, and subsequently notify all potentially affected individuals.
In response to this incident, ADMS has implemented additional security measures within its network and facilities and is reviewing its current policies and procedures related to data security. Although ADMS has no evidence of actual or attempted misuse of information as a result of this incident, patients are nonetheless encouraged to monitor their account statements and explanation of benefits forms for suspicious activity and to detect errors. Patients may also wish to contact the three major credit agencies to place a fraud alert on their credit report – the credit agencies’ contact information is: Equifax (888-378-4329); TransUnion (833-395-6938); and Experian (888-397-3472).